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Gallery in Gore

Eastern Southland Gallery

Nicknamed the ‘Goreggenheim’, this gallery has an impressive treasury of contemporary New Zealand art, including a large Ralph Hotere collection, as well as fascinating indigenous folk art from West Africa and Austr…
Museum in Gore

Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Guaranteed to raise a wry smile, this museum within the Hokonui Heritage Centre walks visitors through 50 years of prohibition in the early 20th century. Gore's enterprising Scottish immigrants promptly distilled th…
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 refined …
Museum in Gore

Hokonui Heritage Centre

The Hokonui Heritage Centre incorporates the Gore Visitor Centre, the Gore Historical Museum and the Hokonui Moonshine Museum. Together they celebrate the town's proud history of fishing, farming and illegal distill…
Cafe in Gore

Miss Cocoa

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 sa…
Music in Gore

Gold Guitar Awards

More than 40 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 a…
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.