Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival

Held every two years, the festival is a celebration of a unique part of Southland’s history - the moonshine legend.

The festival is held in Gore during February. It commemorates the illegal distilling of liquor in the Hokonui Hills in the first half of the 20th century, when the Gore District was ‘dry’.

Live entertainment, great food, craft beer & cider, Central Otago wines and Old Hokonui Whiskey - the festivities are held rain or shine. This is a licensed event - no BYO food or drink.

The next moonshiners’ festival is in 2021.