Drive to GORE
On one of our days at Invercargill, we decided to drive to Gore,
"THE WORLD BROWN TROUT CAPITAL" , to see the town and the surrounding district.
We were lucky the day was fine, as around here, Rainfall is very high, ranging from annually 750mm to 1,000mm per year.
The town of Gore takes its name from Colonel Thomas Gore-Browne, Governor of New Zealand from 1855 to 1861.
The area has quite scenic landscapes, I love the Poplar trees in the area, and also the nice gardens growing Peonies, Magnolias, and bulbs that I can't grow at home.
Although officially a ‘dry’ area from 1903 to as late as 1954 the "Hokonui" stills became famous for their production of illicit whisky which flourished until World War II.
The Hokonui Moonshine Museum tells the story of illicit whisky making in this region. If you enjoy a Whisky, you can buy “Old Hokonui” whisky, made to the original local recipe from the centre. Would you believe, that late February every year, the hold a Moonshiners Festival!
OPEN.....Monday to Friday – 8.30am to 4.30pm.....Hokonui Drive, Gore
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: (Summer) – 9.30am to 3.30pm - (Winter) – 1.00pm to 3.30pm
Phone....(03) 203 9288
ADMISSION.... Adults $5.00 (children free, but must be accompanied by an adult)
Today farming, rural services, forestry, meat, and tourism are the district’s major industries.
From October through to March the dictrict receives lots of visitors trying to catch the local Brown Trout.
We found a large Brown Trout Monument in the Town.