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Museum in Gore

Hokonui Moonshine Museum

In the early 20th century, Gore's enterprising Scottish immigrants responded to 50 years of prohibition by distilling their own moonshine. This museum shines a tongue-in-cheek light on some colourful characters...

Gallery in Gore

Eastern Southland Gallery

Nicknamed the ‘Goreggenheim’, this gallery has a truly impressive treasury of contemporary New Zealand art, including a large Ralph Hotere collection and works by esteemed NZ artist Rita Angus. There's also a...

Gastropub in Gore

Thomas Green

Set in a restored 1906 building, modish Thomas Green is a cut above the average gastropub. It's named after the 'father of Gore', a jack-of-all-trades industrialist who helped build up the town. The menu is...

Museum in Gore

Gore Historical Museum

Gore Historical Museum, incorporating the Gore visitor centre , celebrates the town's proud history of fishing, farming and Māori heritage. The more-intriguing-than-average collection ranges from a taxidermied...

Cafe in Gore

Miss Cocoa Cafe

This cafe with a faux-vintage theme is a sweet spot for coffee, cupcakes and a sit-down after visiting the attached Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, whether it's for a breakfast of homemade granola or an Italian...

Music in Gore

Gold Guitar Awards

Nearly 50 years of soulful singing and heartfelt guitar twanging have cemented Gore's status as New Zealand's 'home of country music'. The annual Gold Guitar Week hosts competitions among local musicians of all...

Pub in Gore

Howl at the Moon

With indoor and outdoor drinking zones and a colourful cast of locals, the Howl is a pleasant enough venue to sink some pinot noir.