General Sporting Facilities
Gore and its surrounding districts have a wide variety of excellent sporting facilities.
These include Gore’s scenic 18 hole golf course, a croquet green and a number of tennis courts and bowling greens. The town plays host to an energetic amateur rugby and netball competitions where some of the nation’s best have had their start. For the more adventurous, there is the BMX track at Hamilton Park and the skate park opposite the Creamoata Mill in the centre of town.
Local mountain bike enthusiasts have developed the Hokonui loop mountain bike track.
Although relatively short in distance, this Grade 3 challenge track, winds through pristine native bush throughout its entire length and can be ridden in all weather.
Gore Multisports Complex
The jewel in the district’s recreational crown is its multi sports complex, hosting an aquatic centre, ice rink and indoor sports stadium.
For those interested in fitness, swimming or simply relaxing in the hydro-therapy pool, the Gore aquatic centre will provide for all aquatic needs. With a 25m x 8 lane pool and several children’s pools, it caters to family groups and individuals of all ages. An extensive range of activities and programmes are also available.
The complex also includes Icesports Southland's ice arena - an Olympic short course sized ice rink - the only one of its kind in Southland. A great opportunity for individuals and groups to try their hand at skating in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
Also housed within the complex is the indoor events centre which offers sporting and fitness activities all year round.
Parks, Walks & Gardens
Just 10 minutes drive from Gore is the beautiful 95 hectare Dolamore Park scenic reserve, which combines a native podocarp forest, expansive lawn areas and exotic plantings.
The park boasts many pleasant walking tracks ranging from 10 minutes to 4 hours and has excellent playground, barbeque and toilet facilities. A great place to get away from it all, it offers an ideal location for camping and family picnics over the summer months.
The Waikaka Way walkway situated in Gore, is a picturesque walk of 1.3km (one way), with side loop walks of up to 3kms. Relatively flat, it follows the contours of the river and offers lovely rural views and access for fishermen.
The award-winning public gardens in the heart of Gore attract visitors from far and wide.
These gardens are home to a number of rare and unusual specimens, and provide a riot of colour from the rhododendrons in spring through to the roses in summer, and the maples in autumn. Gore’s Rhododendron Festival is held each October in the gardens when the stunning annuals are on display. The winter garden is open all year round and there is also an aviary.
Bannerman Park in the northern part of the town is another outstanding public garden. Featuring a deer park, it is set in a picturesque valley intersected by streams and ponds bordered with bog plants.
It also has extensive plantings of rhododendrons, conifers, cherry blossoms and magnolias.