Fly in a vintage aircraft, view world-class art, cast a fly for brown trout, sample Hokonui moonshine or enjoy walks in native bush. You’re sure to find a unique experience in Gore.


Gore’s central location makes it an ideal base to explore the best of Southland, as well as coastal and Central Otago.

It is readily accessible by main highways from Dunedin, Invercargill, Te Anau, Queenstown and Alexandra and is proud to be New Zealand’s southernmost motorhome friendly town.

Famous for Hokonui moonshine, fly fishing and country music, Gore has plenty more to entice visitors to stay a while.

Walkers and mountain bikers will enjoy the tracks and trails in and surrounding Dolamore Park, art lovers will be amazed by the collections at the Eastern Southland Gallery and it’s a garden lover’s delight.

Major events include the Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival, the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, the NZ International Film Festival and the Hokonui Fashion Design Awards. 

Driving times and distances:

Gore to Invercargill         66km     50 minutes via SH1 south
Gore to Dunedin           151km    1 hour  and 50 minutes via SH1 north
Gore to Queenstown   169km     2 hours via SH94
Gore to Te Anau           139km     1 hour and 30 minutes    via SH94


For up to date bus services, accommodation, bookings and information.

Cnr Hokonui Drive & Norfolk Street
PO Box 1
Ph:       0064 3 203 9288
Fax:     0064 3 203 9286

Open hours:

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm

Sunday Summer hours 10.00am - 4.00pm (booking service unavailable)

Sunday Winter hours 1.00pm - 4.00pm (booking service unavailable)