Family Holiday Fun!

The Gore District is a great place for a family holiday with so many experiences available and most of them either inexpensive or free of charge.


Free Things to Do

 At Bannerman Park in the centre of Gore, there is a deer park where deer can be viewed up close. Say hello to the native and exotic birds in the aviary at the Gore Gardens. Don’t be surprised if some of them say hello back to you! Feed the ducks in the pond at Hokonui Pioneer Village. Pack a picnic and head to the Gore Gardens, Dolamore Park, or park up beside the Mataura River. Get a family photo at the Gore trout statue then see if you can spot any fish in the Mataura River from the Gore Bridge, before a stroll along the riverside. Find out all about our local icon Sgt Dan in a dedicated exhibition at the Gore Museum.



On the third Saturday of the month, the Gore Model Engineering Club runs its model train around a half kilometre track at the north end of Hamilton Park from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Rides are $2 per person. For more information phone 022 301 1587. Watch a movie at the SBS St James theatre. There are usually at least two family friendly films screening at the weekends during school term time and more during the school holidays. Pack a tent and some barbecue food and camp at Dolamore Park, where there is a playground with flying fox, walking tracks, a stream, walking tracks and plenty of room to run around. Have a swim, ice skate or try some of the other activities on offer at the Gore Multisports Complex archery tag, bubble balls and soccer darts included.

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Playgrounds, Bike & Skate Parks

Playgrounds are dotted throughout the district. The newest can be found at the Gore Kids hub on Wayland Street. The playground at Dolamore Park, 12km out of Gore has a flying fox, climbing ropes and there is plenty of room for children to run around. A good place for little ones to gain confidence riding a bike is at the Gore Bike Park on Richmond Street where there is a small scale network of roads with stop and give way signs to ride on. Just in front of the old Flemings Creamoata Mill building on the corner of Mersey and Gorton Streets is the Gore skate park and over at Hamilton Park is a BMX track where the Gore BMX Club meets on a Friday night. There is also a new easy riding bike track around the circumference of Hamilton Park.