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Gore is a town of 8,200 people (2020) in the Southland region of New Zealand that is known as the world's capital of brown trout fishing, and New Zealand's capital of country music. It is on State Highway 1 about an hour's drive from Invercargill.


Named after Governor Gore Browne, the town is a service centre for the surrounding district.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

There are bus services from Dunedin to Invercargill as well as to Queenstown and other places in the southern lakes district.

By car[edit]

Gore is about 2.5 hours by road south from Dunedin, along State Highway 1.

By plane[edit]

Get around[edit]

Map of Gore


Trout statue in town centre
  • 1 Eastern Southland Gallery, Corner Hokonui Drive & Norfolk Street. M-F 10AM-4:30PM, Sa Su 1-4PM. Includes the Ralph Hotere Gallery, which holds more than 60 works by this major New Zealand artist. Also the John Money Collection of New Zealand, Aboriginal Australian and West African art. Housed in a former Carnegie Library building. Free.
  • Hands of Fame. A statue celebrating country music. It has a number of hand prints of country music artists, including Kenny Rogers.
  • Hokonui Heritage Centre, Corner Hokonui Drive and Norfolk Street. M-F 8.30AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-4PM, Su 1-4PM. Includes the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and the Gore Historical Museum. The Moonshine Museum celebrates the district's historical illicit whiskey making. The Historical Museum includes an exhibition about trout fishing. Also has visitor information desk M-Sa. Historical Museum free, charge for Moonshine Museum..
  • 2 Trout statue. A large sculpture of a brown trout at the entrance to the town.






  • 1 Heartland Hotel Croyden, 100 Waimea Street. Scenic group hotel set in 6 acres.
  • 2 ASURE Oakleigh Motel. 9 unit motel.
  • 3 Gore Motor Camp, 35 Broughton Street. Cabins and pitches for tents and campervans.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Gore
DunedinMilton  E  S  MatauraInvercargill
Te Anau  NW  SE  End

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