Pop into Gore's Croydon Aircraft Museum for a peek into Southland's aviation history.
Croydon Aircraft Museum, Southland

By Venture Southland

Gore - brown trout capital of the world
Gore, Southland

By Venture Southland


Gore is the official home of country music in New Zealand. It's also known for great fly fishing - or maybe you'd rather go flying in a Tiger Moth!

The rural town of Gore has a special attraction for country music fans. Every year in early June, Gore hosts the New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards, which incorporates the New Zealand Line Dancing Championships.

If you like to flick a fly rod, spring and early summer are the best times to catch a brown trout. In addition to the Mataura River, there are many productive streams close by. Guided fishing trips are available.

While in Gore, visit the Hokonui Moonshine Museum to learn about the area’s history of illicit whisky distilling. The Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival celebrates this history in March each year.

For insight into Gore's Maori and European settler past, head to Gore Historical Museum, and to see one of the finest art collections in Southland, visit the Eastern Southland Gallery.

West of Gore is Mandeville, where you can go flying in a restored Tiger Moth.

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ASURE Oakleigh Motels - Accommodation in Gore New Zealand
8.90 24 Reviews
Oakleigh Motel offers affordable and spacious motel accommodation in Gore. Accommodation consists of 10 self-contained 1 & 2 bedroom ground floor motel units, with spa bath units. Fully equipped kitchen, microwave, bath/shower, hair dryer, queen size beds, flatscreen TVs with Sky TV, DVD, ... (more)
Bularangi Lodge Tapanui - Accommodation in Tapanui New Zealand
6.00 1 Reviews
We are located in the small rural town of Tapanui in the province of West Otago NZ, which lies between the foot of the Blue Mountains ( West Otago ) and the Pomahaka River. Gore is a 30km drive away.Deer stalking, pig hunting and trout fishing are popular pastimes of the area. Our holid... (more)
Charlton Motel - Accommodation in Gore New Zealand
8.50 81 Reviews
Just 3 minutes’ drive from Mataura River, Charlton Motel offers self-contained accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen. The property features a barbecue area and 100 MB of free Wi-Fi per stay.Charlton Motel Gore is 5 minutes’ drive from Gore Racecourse and the Gore Historical Museum. I... (more)
Dolamore Park Camp - Accommodation in Upper Charlton New Zealand
Upper Charlton
Signposted from Gore. 22 power & unlimited tent sites on grassed area. Kitchen & shower facilities. Flush toilets. NO DOGS. Well-formed tracks through native forest, 1 wheelchair accessible. Education centre open by appt. Tariff: $10pp (per night), $2 school-age child, under 5 free. ... (more)
Edendale Motel - Accommodation in Edendale New Zealand
The Pioneer Tavern has 6 brand new quiet motel units available, apartment style. 1-bedroom, ground-floor units. King-size beds. Full kitchen. Laundry. Quality furnishings and linen. Quiet and spacious, with parking at your door. Sky TV in bar..?Single, Double and Twin rooms are available f... (more)
Esplanade Motels - Accommodation in Gore New Zealand
8.10 112 Reviews
Esplanade Motels offer modern and spacious accommodation with full kitchen facilities, just 3 minutes’ drive from Gore town centre. Each apartment includes electric blankets, satellite TV and a DVD player.The self-contained units are situated on the ground floor and include a flat-screen T... (more)
Falls Hotel Motel and Bistro - Accommodation in Mataura New Zealand
9 ground-floor rooms;4 ensuite double rooms with Queen beds (some also have a single bed as well), TV, tea & coffee making.5 x single rooms - TV, share bathroom, tea & coffee making in the room.Plus 4 double Portacom units - share bathroom located in the hotel, includes heater, TV, access ... (more)
Forest Lodge Hotel - Accommodation in Tapanui New Zealand
4 motel units with private facilities at the southern entrance to Central Otago. Fully refurbished, electric blankets. 2min drive to hunting, fishing, 18-hole golf course, squash courts. Public bar/restaurant. EFTPOS. Tariff: $70 (single), $80 (double), $100 (3-4 persons).... (more)
Gore Motor Camp - Accommodation in Gore New Zealand
Thanks for coming to have a look around our camp and you must check out our town while you're here. Your experience is at an unhurried pace, like stepping back in time. The smiles are genuine and we'll try and help you anyway we can. We have 2 motel units, 7 cabins and caravan's for you to... (more)
Heartland Hotel Croydon - Accommodation in Gore New Zealand
7.10 121 Reviews
Heartland Hotel Croydon is located in Gore in Southland.It has 36 rooms with a total capacity of 110. Blazing Copper Restaurant & Bar is known for featuring local delicacies such as Fiordland venison and Stewart Island salmon with the local wines. Conference venues are available at the hot... (more)
Riverlea Motel - Accommodation in Gore New Zealand
9.60 19 Reviews
10 modern, spacious 1 and 2-bedroom units, serviced daily. Queen-size beds, full kitchen facilities, high-pressure showers, video/DVD players. Wireless internet available. Short walk to restaurants and town centre. Cooked/continental breakfast. Friendly and personal service assured. Whethe... (more)
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