Today Gore is well know for its fabulous brown trout fishing and its country and western “Gold Guitar Awards”.
In the past Gore was more known for its illicit history of illegal whisky stills which flourished until World War II,
known locally as Hokonui Moonshine. Gore was officially a “Dry” area until 1954 and the production of
Hokonui Moonshine run rife in the area until then.
The Hokonui Moonshine Museum is well worth a visit taking you through the areas colourful history with the opportunity to purchase your very own bottle of Hokonui Moonshine in the museum’s “Pre-Prohibition Colonial Bar”.
The historic Fleming and Company factory established in 1919 is still producing rolled oats.
After Invercargill, Gore is the second largest town in the Southland area and
services the surrounding and outlaying country towns.