Events Calendar

18 March

Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival

The Hokonui Moonshiners’ Festival is a must-attend music and food event.

Held in Gore’s Arts & Heritage Precinct, this festival highlights the time-honoured traditions of early Highland Scottish settlers - flaunting Southland’s early prohibition laws and making their own illicit whisky in the Hokonui Hills. 


This year’s headline act is Aussie rocker Diesel, known for hits like Tip of My Tongue and Come to Me.

Kiwi acts The WarratahsThe Nukes and Dunedin band Bulletproof Convertible open the Festival, completing six hours of continuous music.


Sampling a shot of Hokonui moonshine is a must at this event! Try either the sweet Hokonui Honey moonshine liqueur, or the Manuka smoked Old Hokonui Moonshine, a unique blend made in the heart of Southland, with spring water from the Hokonui Hills.

Entry to the Hokonui Moonshine Museum, which is located within the heritage precinct is included in the ticket price.


A variety of food stalls complement this event, with many offering Southern fare and heritage-themed food. Beverage tents will offer a range of beer, Central Otago wines, and of course ‘Hokonui Moonshine’ spirits and liqueurs. 

It’s a popular day out for locals and attracts visitors from far and wide, so be sure to secure tickets early. Tickets are limited.

For more information visit:

Buy tickets:

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 F: 03 209 0357 E: