Sport & Recreation


The Gore District boasts an impressive range of sporting facilities for a population its size.

These include Gore’s scenic 18 hole golf course, a croquet green and a number of tennis courts and bowling greens. The town plays host to an energetic amateur rugby and netball competitions where some of the nation’s best have had their start. For the more adventurous, there is the BMX track at Hamilton Park and the skate park opposite the Creamoata Mill in the centre of town. 

Mountain Biking

The new 6km Hokonui Water Race Trail winds through pristine native bush throughout its entire length and can be ridden in all weather. The track is suitable for competent riders (grade 2-3) and can be ridden in either direction starting at Pope Road or Domain Road car park.  There are plans for this track to extend to Dolamore Park in the future.

The Hokonui Bikers CLub has developed this track as well as the Hokonui loop mountain bike track. Although relatively short in distance, this is a track for the more experienced rider (Grade 4). Access to this loop track is from Pope Road.

Gore Multisports Complex

Comprising an aquatic centre, ice rink and indoor sports stadium.

For those interested in fitness, swimming or simply relaxing in the hydro-therapy pool, the Gore aquatic centre will provide for all aquatic needs. With a 25m x 8 lane pool and several children’s pools, it caters to family groups and individuals of all ages. An extensive range of activities and programmes are also available.

The complex also includes Icesports Southland's ice arena - an Olympic short course sized ice rink - the only one of its kind in Southland. A great opportunity for individuals and groups to try their hand at skating in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

Also housed within the complex is the indoor events centre which offers sporting and fitness activities all year round.



Just 10 minutes drive from Gore is the beautiful 95 hectare Dolamore Park scenic reserve, which combines a native podocarp forest, expansive lawn areas and exotic plantings.

The park boasts many pleasant walking tracks ranging from 10 minutes to 4 hours and has excellent playground, barbeque and toilet facilities. A great place to get away from it all, it offers an ideal location for camping and family picnics over the summer months.

The Waikaka Way walkway situated in Gore, is a picturesque walk of 1.3km (one way), with side loop walks of up to 3kms. Relatively flat, it follows the contours of the river and offers lovely rural views and access for fishermen.