The Hokonui Moonshine Museum

This visitor attraction celebrates the history of illicit whiskey making in the southern region. The museum explores a variety of colourful stories through re creations, audio-visuals and artefacts and demonstrates just how adventurous local ‘moonshiners’ became in the face of police opposition and how ‘kiwi’ ingenuity foiled (and often failed to foil) the customs men. ‘Old Hokonui’ whiskey, made to the original local recipe, is one of a number of popular items of merchandise available for purchase from the museum. Purchase Hokonui Moonshine

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore

Admission: Adult $5.00, Senior Citz $4.50, Children accompanied by adult free.

Open Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 4.30pm. 
                       Saturdays 9.30am - 3.30pm, Sundays 1.00pm - 3.30pm
                       Closed Christmas and Boxing Days, New Years Day.
                       For all other public holidays please phone 03 2039288 

Contact: PO Box 330, Gore - Ph 03 2089288 - Email -


 The Gore Historical Museum

This museum celebrates the district’s social history with a variety of displays and special collections.  A wide range of items and information cover the arrival of southern Maori, early European settlers, and the resulting enterprise that made this district unique. The 'Hook, Line and Sinker' display is dedicated to fly fishing on the Mataura River.

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore

Admission: Free - donations appreciated

Open Hours: Monday to Friday - 8.30am to 4.30pm 
                       Saturdays 9.30am - 4.30pm, Sundays 1.00pm - 3.30pm
                       Closed Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day
                       For all other public holiday hours please phone 03 2039288

Contact: PO Box 305, Gore - Ph 03 2087032 - Email -


Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre  is a nationally significant museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand's light civil aviation heritage. Featuring displays of some of the country's most important vintage aircraft, almost all of which are airworthy.

Just a 15 minute drive from Gore, Mandeville is well worth a visit, with the museum and art exhibition space, a Cafe and gift shop and an aircraft restoration facility. And if the weather conditions are amiable, you can event take a flight in a vintage aircraft.

Location: Old Mandeville Airfield, 1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville. RD6 Gore 9776.

Admission: $10. students (with ID) & senior citizens $7.50. Groups 10+ $7.50 pp (prior booking only). 12 and under FREE. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Open HoursMonday to Friday - 9.30am to 4.30pm
                        Saturday and Sunday 11.00am to 3.00pm
                        Closed Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day.
                        Public holidays - 11.00am to 3.00pm

Contact: 1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville. Ph 03 2086046 - Email -

Hokonui Pioneer Village

Situated on the boundary of Gore in a park setting, Hokonui Pioneer Village features a number of local historic buildings as part of a Village setting. A school, bank, cottage, church and blacksmith come furnished as they were in the early 1900's. A large display building, houses many tractors, farm implements, drays, a variety of household appliances and telecommunications of the past.
Also part of the collection is Gore's original Merryweather Fire Engine, a restored 1904 Burrell Traction Engine and a number of Vintage Cars. Picnics by the pond to feed the ducks are always popular for everyone.

Location: Cnr, Main Gore-Queenstown Highway (State Highway 94) & Waimea Street, Gore

Open Hours: Open Daily - 2pm to 4pm or by arrangement.

Contact: Ph 03 2081161 or 03 2089998.



The newly restored and re-imaged Mataura Museum opened in March 2015. The Museum is based in an 1880s Cottage, and uses touch screens to bring Mataura’s rich social and industrial heritage to life. The Collection includes a strong set of local photographs dating back to the 1870s and a comprehensive local history archive. You can explore the Museum's collection online. The Mataura Museum is run by a dedicated team of volunteers

Location: 68 Kana Street, Mataura 

Admission: free, donations appreciated 

Open Hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Contact: Ph 03 203 7924 (during opening hours) - Email


Hokonui Heritage Research Centre

For those with an interest in local history or genealogical research there is the Hokonui Heritage Research Centre, situated in the Gore Historical Museum.

Location: 16 Hokonui Drive, Gore

Open Hours: Tuesday 1.30pm - 4.30pm 
                         Sunday 1.00pm - 4.00pm (Otherwise by appointment)
                         Public Holidays - CLOSED

Contact: PO Box 305, Gore - Ph 03 2087032 - Email -