Head to Gore for a chance to experience the best of the old and the new when it comes to Kiwi hospitality and culture. A fully restored art deco theatre, an internationally acclaimed art gallery and a moonshine museum give this town a personality and energy all its own. Annual events like the New Zealand Country Music Awards, New Zealand Ballet and the NZ International Film Festival all add to Gore’s vibrancy.
Gore also happens to be the Brown Trout Capital of the World. These famous fish can sometimes be seen in the Mataura River which runs through town and offers plenty of riverside strolls and grassy knolls to explore.
01 Hokonui Moonshine Museum
16 Hokonui Drive, East Gore
A museum and whiskey distillery that pays homage to the notorious Scotch-New Zealander clan the McRae, who supplied the region with some of the best whiskey distilled outside of Scotland during Prohibition, aka Hokonui Moonshine.
02 The Green Room
59 Irk Street, Gore
A hub for barista coffee and homemade Kiwi café favourites.
03 Eastern Southland Gallery
14 Hokonui Drive, Gore
Currently closed for earthquake strengthening.
Housed in the former Carnegie Library building in Gore, the permanent collection at Eastern Southland Gallery beckons local and international art fans alike.
04 St James Theatre
61 Irk Street, East Gore
Gore’s vibrant and electric cultural heart offers daily blockbuster screenings, live productions and a retro snack bar which delights visitors of all ages.