Trout Fishing Capital

An iconic large trout statue and a giant guitar commemorates this town as ‘the world’s capital of brown trout fishing’, and New Zealand’s capital of country music.

The charming town of Gore in the Southland region of New Zealand is one of the world’s best spots for fly fishing, and boasts the title of ‘Brown Trout Capital of the World.’ In the heart of Gore is a giant brown trout statue which pay tribute to the rich fishing in the Mataura River.

Gore is also New Zealand’s capital of country music, and hosts the New Zealand Gold Guitar Award, which incorporates the New Zealand Line Dancing Championships. The town’s impressive guitar sculpture acknowledging Gore’s role in country music. Captured also in monuments is a large stoic Romney sheep which pay tribute to the farming heritage and Creamoata Dan, ‘the poster boy’ of Fleming’s porridge oats, Creamoata.

The town’s other main attractions, include amazing art collection of Eastern Southland Art Gallery, the Gore Heritage Trail, the Gore Historical Museum, the Hokonui Moonshine Museum with true gold-rush artifacts, and the Hokonui Pioneer Village. Enjoy a joy flight in a Tiger Moth at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre.

The Gore district boasts a range of scenic reserves, parks and gardens. The recreation areas, include golf courses, mountain biking trails, a BMX track, and the Gore Multisports Complex, comprising of an aquatic centre, an ice-rink and an indoor sports stadium.

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