Motel Association of New Zealand

Our Regional Attractions

Gore has a population of around 8,000 and serves as a focus for a large area of Southland with a range of services and activities surprising for a town of it's size. The town has excellent shopping, cultural and dining facilities, the roads are good and the traffic normally light in this safe and family friendly region of New Zealand.  

  • Brown trout fishing which attracts hundreds of international visitors to the Mataura River, the best fly fishing river in the world.
  • The "Country Music Capital" of New Zealand. Internationally recognized, hosting gold Guitar Awards is hosted in Gore every June.
  • Home to the internationally recognized Art Gallery - the John Money Wing.
  • A highly acclaimed golf course
  • Nearby, at Mandeville, the Mandeville Airfield - vintage aircraft - Tiger Moth flights
  • The Catlins - rugged and spectacular coastal scenery. A great day trip from Gore
  • Pioneer Park - A historic town model vintage machinery, tools etc.
  • Garden Tours and Scenic flights from the Croydon Aerodrome
  • Local History and Hokonui Whisky Museum
  • The Reservation - 400 species of animals and birds at this local zoo
  • Bush walks and tramping tracks
  • Good restaurants, cafes, bars and shopping


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