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5 Gore Must-Dos


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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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