Gore is a town of about ten thousand located in Southland, sixty kilometres north of Invercargill. It straddles the Mataura River.
Gore is most famous for hosting the New Zealand country music awards, the Gold Guitars. Every June, this event attracts about seven hundred competitors and thousands of fans to the town.
Gore was once better known for its illicit distilling. The Hokonui Moonshine Museum showcases this history, and also sells Old Hokonui whisky, made to the original recipe.
Gore is also home to two notable art galleries; the Eastern Southland Gallery, which hosts a large body of African artworks, and the Ralph Hotere Gallery, home to one of the largest collections of Hotere’s work.
Gore is famous for its brown trout, and anglers come from all over the world to try their luck in the crystal-clear local waters.
Just west of Gore is Mandeville, one of the few places in the world where you can fly in a Tiger Moth.