27 people found this article useful

5 Gore Must-Dos

BackpackerGuide.NZ

Things you can’t miss in Gore!

If you ever needed the prime example of a South Island city then Gore would be it! The city mixes all those city attractions and conveniences we love with a taste of the countryside. That’s why they call it the “rural city”. There are plenty of great things to do in Gore, but in this list, we’re reducing it down to the absolute Gore must-dos!

There’s a great mix of things to do in Gore, from bush walks to museums, but the town’s main claim to fame is its brown trout fishing. Dabble in a few of the town’s art galleries, parks and even a vintage plane ride before discovering the rest of the Southland region.

Flying Kiwi

1. Explore Dolamore Park

On the edge of the Hokonui Hills, Dolamore Park is packed with outdoors entertainment that will keep you going both day and night! Take on one of the many bush walks in the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve ranging from 10 minutes to 4 hours. There’s also a grade 3 track for mountain bikes, as well as an affordable campground with powered sites. At night, check out near the stream for glowworms.

Location: 10 minutes drive out of Gore. Take Reaby Road onto the Dolamore Park Road.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

2. Take a flight in a vintage aircraft

Just outside of Gore is home to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre. A museum packed with New Zealand’s earliest aircraft is a great insight into the technological advancement of aviation. However, you can take your experience one step further by jumping into one of these vintage bi-planes and flying the skies!

Location: Manderville. 10 minutes drive from Gore up State Highway 94.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

3. Fish for brown trout

If there’s one place in New Zealand that you’re going to fish for brown trout, it has to be in Gore! Gore is the Brown Trout Fishing Capital of New Zealand and has a giant statue at the entrance of the town to prove it. For visitors, the best option is to take a guided fishing tour with a local operator who will be able to organise fishing licenses and equipment.

Location: Mataura River, Gore.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

4. Dive into the history of illegal whisky-making

Gore has a colourful past, that which mostly revolves around making moonshine in the Hokonui Hills during the prohibition era. Still confused? Well, you can learn all about that at the Hokonui Moonshine Museum right in the town centre! Follow a journey of whisky’s journey to New Zealand to the dreaded alcohol ban in the area to locals taking matters into their own hands. There are lot of entertaining stories to be told. What’s more, you are even able to sample some of the good stuff at the end of your Hokonui Moonshine experience.

Location: In the Gore Information Centre, 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

5. Eastern Southland Gallery

If you’re going to the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, then just pop-in across the road to the Eastern Southland Gallery! It’s free entry and there’s more to this fascinating art gallery than meets the eye. (Although, even the outside is pretty impressive in it’s old library building). While collections are always changing, a more permanent fixture is the African art exhibition with impressive African artifacts and statues.

Location: Norfolk Street, Gore.
BackpackerGuide.NZ

Videos About Gore

Video Thumbnail
Video Thumbnail
Video Thumbnail
Working Holiday Insurance
Was this article useful? Useful Useless
Help other travellers, share this article now:
Pin
Working Holiday Insurance

Most Popular Videos

Video Thumbnail
Video Thumbnail
Video Thumbnail
http://imgur.com/mjyBv72
Festivals

Make the most of the New Zealand FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015

FIFA’s second largest tournament will start on the 30-May-2015 right here in [...]

Bay of Plenty Tourism
North Island

11 Amazing Things to Do in Whakatane

Try these Whakatane Activities! On the coast of the Bay of Plenty [...]

HiFX - Money Transfer
Hot on Backpacker Guide
South Island
Backapckerguide.nz

15 Awesome Things to Do in Reefton

Activities you have to try in Reefton! Reefton is an intriguing town. This […]

Natural Attractions
Pixabay

Where to Find Black Sand Beaches in Auckland

See Auckland’s black sand beaches! One of New Zealand’s many beautiful landscapes […]

North Island
BackpackerGuide.NZ

20 Awesome Places to Visit in Rotorua

Where to visit in Rotorua. Never underestimate Rotorua. There’s so much to […]

We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies, revised Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
I accept

Menu