Gore is one of the more progressive towns in New Zealand. Not unlike many small towns in New Zealand, Gore also was suffering at the hands of economic fluctuations, but like Taupo in the north the town decided to stand for something, and in fact Gore went one better and now stands for two key tourist drivers. Firstly ‘the brown trout capital of New Zealand’ and then the ‘Country and Western Music Capital of New Zealand.’

The town of Gore is 64 km northeast of Invercargill and 70 km west of Balclutha, The urban area estimated resident population at the June 2009 estimate was circa 10,000 and is the second largest in Southland. Gore is a service town for the surrounding wealthy farm communities.

Some decades earlier, coinciding with European Common Market initiatives the farm sector went into decline which led to a corresponding decline in the population. Related businesses also closed, including the town’s iconic cereal mill, which had processed oats and other grains since 1877. Since 2000 prosperity has returned as large numbers of farms in the surrounding area were converted to dairy farms to take advantage of high prices for dairy produce.

Gore is known in New Zealand folklore as the home of Hokonui moonshine. During the days of prohibition, the Hokonui Hills to the west of the town gained a reputation for the production of illicit alcohol. The Gore Museum has a brilliant exhibition that covers this era.

Everything about Gore is done well. Great churches and including Salvation Army church the treatment of the War Memorial is one of the best in the country.

The botanic gardens are located close to the cbd and are fantastic.

The hotels are of a moderns design reflecting the ‘no liquor’ houses of the first fifty years of the century.

A great place to visit and allow a minimum of two days to take in what is on offer.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course