The District is well serviced with excellent education facilities from pre-school right through to tertiary education. School buses are available from most rural locations.

Kids Hub

Early Childhood Centres

The newest facility in town for pre-schoolers is the $1.8 million Gore Kids Hub, with Gore Toy Library, Gore Parents Centre and Gore Play Centre combined. It also has a public playground outside.

We have various other early childhood centres, kindergartens and preschools around the District.

Mataura Primary School

Primary Schools

The 11 primary schools in the District range from small one and two teacher rural schools to larger schools. A full list of Schools in the Gore district is here.

Longford Intermediate


Longford Intermediate is the only intermediate school in Southland and is available to year 7 and 8 pupils.

Website Gore High School (1)

High Schools

We have two high schools within the District. Gore High School is a year 9 to 13 co-educational, multi course school. St Peter’s College is a Catholic co-educational year 7 to 13 school and offers boarding facilities. Both schools offer tuition for international students. Blue Mountain College in Tapanui and Menzies College in Wyndham are just out of the District, providing choice for those living more rurally.


The Southern Institute of Technology Gore campus offers courses based on local demand and includes a range of programmes ranging from hospitality to computing, building and construction Te Ara Reo Maori and art for leisure. Some courses are eligible for the zero fees scheme.

For a broader range of courses, SIT’s main campus is just a 45 minute drive away in Invercargill.