Arts & Culture


Located just a short walking distance from Gore's CBD, is the Arts & Heritage Precinct, which hosts a range of attractions and facilities including the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, Eastern Southland Gallery, Gore Historical Museum, Gore Heritage Research Centre and Destination Gore Visitor Centre.  


The Hokonui Moonshine Museum

This visitor attraction celebrates the history of illicit whiskey making in the southern region. The museum explores a variety of colourful stories through re creations, audio-visuals and artefacts and demonstrates just how adventurous local ‘moonshiners’ became in the face of police opposition and how ‘kiwi’ ingenuity foiled (and often failed to foil) the customs men. ‘Old Hokonui’ whiskey, made to the original local recipe, is one of a number of popular items of merchandise available for purchase from the museum.

Purchase Hokonui Moonshine

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore
Admission: Adult $5.00, Senior Citz $4.50, Children accompanied by adult free.
Open Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 4.30pm. 
                       Saturdays 9.30am - 3.30pm, Sundays 1.00pm - 3.30pm
                       Closed Christmas and Boxing Days, New Years Day.
                       For all other public holidays please phone 03 2039288 

Contact: PO Box 330, Gore - Ph 03 2089288 - Email -

 The Gore Historical Museum

This museum celebrates the district’s social history with a variety of displays and special collections.  A wide range of items and information cover the arrival of southern Maori, early European settlers, and the resulting enterprise that made this district unique. The 'Hook, Line and Sinker' display is dedicated to fly fishing on the Mataura River.

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore
Admission: Free - donations appreciated
Open Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 4.30pm 
                       Saturdays 9.30am - 4.30pm, Sundays 1.00pm - 3.30pm
                       Closed Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day
                       For all other public holiday hours please phone 03 2039288

Contact: PO Box 305, Gore - Ph 03 2087032 - Email -

Hokonui Heritage Research Centre

For those with an interest in local history or genealogical research there is the Hokonui Heritage Research Centre, situated in the Gore Historical Museum.

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore
Open Hours: Tuesday 1.30pm - 4.30pm 
                         Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm (Otherwise by appointment)
                         Public Holidays - CLOSED

Contact: PO Box 305, Gore - Ph 03 2087032 - Email -  

Eastern Southland Gallery

Nicknamed the ‘Goreggenheim’ by Saatchi & Saatchi boss Kevin Roberts, the Eastern Southland Gallery is a public art museum, situated within the arts & heritage precinct. 

It features the remarkable and internationally renowned John Money Collection, which includes paintings by Rita Angus and Theo Schoon (NZ), Lowell Nesbitt (USA), Bambarra, Dogon and Baga carvings from West Africa, and paintings and carvings from Elcho Island (Australia).  The Gallery is also home to one of the largest holdings of works by major New Zealand contemporary artist Ralph Hotere and presents a vibrant annual programme of temporary exhibitions.

Location: 14 Hokonui Drive, Gore, (by the clock tower)
Open Hours: Monday to Friday - 10am to 4.30pm. Weekends & Public Holidays - 1pm to 4pm 
                       Closed Christmas and Boxing Days, New Years Day & Good Friday
Contact: PO Box 305, Gore - Ph 03 2089907 - Email -

Hokonui Pioneer Village

Situated on the boundary of Gore in a park setting, Hokonui Pioneer Village features a number of local historic buildings as part of a Village setting. A school, bank, cottage, church and blacksmith come furnished as they were in the early 1900's. A large display building, houses many tractors, farm implements, drays, a variety of household appliances and telecommunications of the past.
Also part of the collection is Gore's original Merryweather Fire Engine, a restored 1904 Burrell Traction Engine and a number of Vintage Cars. Picnics by the pond to feed the ducks are always popular for everyone.

Location: Cnr, Main Gore-Queenstown Highway (State Highway 94) & Waimea Street, Gore
Open Hours: Open Daily - 2pm to 4pm or by arrangement.
Contact: Ph 03 2081161 or 03 2089998.

Performing Arts

The redeveloped SBS St James Theatre in the centre of Gore, and a significant provincial facility. With its state-of-the-art fly tower, the theatre can be quickly transformed from a cinema offering patrons a selection of the latest movies, into a live theatre venue presenting a variety of nationally significant performances. These sometimes include the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

The theatre is also home to thriving local theatrical and music societies - including Gore Musical Theatre, who produce at least 2 first rate productions throughout the year.

The Gore Repertory Society’s 'Little Theatre' (situated in the Gore Community Centre) is an intimate theatrical space that hosts regular performances from the Society, as well as touring plays and performances throughout the year.

Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre  is a nationally significant museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand's light civil aviation heritage. Featuring displays of some of the country's most important vintage aircraft, almost all of which are airworthy.

Just a 15 minute drive from Gore, Mandeville is well worth a visit, with the museum and art exhibition space, a Cafe and gift shop and an aircraft restoration facility. And if the weather conditions are amiable, you can event take a flight in a vintage aircraft.

Location: Old Mandeville Airfield, 1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville. RD6 Gore 9776.
Contact: PO Box 155, Gore - Ph 03 2086046