Our Events

Bringing the Gore District community together and celebrating the achievements of the people who live here are the focus of the many events the Council organises or is involved with throughout the year.

Our main events are:

Gore District Community Awards

Gore Youth Awards

Gore District Ambassador 

Santa Parade/Christmas in the Park

There are also key destinational events that bring New Zealand to our doorstep. These are:

Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival - this is held in March every second year in Gore's heritage precinct, on Hokonui Drive. The District's illicit moonshine industry is the inspiration, and there's themed food and refreshments. Great music completes this outdoor event. The next festival will be held in 2017.

New Zealand Gold Guitar Awards - every Queens Birthday weekend country music artists with stars in their eyes flock to New Zealand's country music capital, Gore. The Gold Guitars is run over three days and attracts over 1000 people to its shows each night.

Hokonui Fashion Design Awards - the only fashion awards of their kind in New Zealand, celebrating amateur fashion designers. This is a top class event, held annually the last weekend in July. Judges have included Denise L'Estrange Corbet and Francis Hooper, of WORLD, Karen Walker, Nic Blanchet, Trelise Cooper, Kate Sylvester, Tanya Carlson, and Margi Robertson, of NomD.

Southern Field Days - the second biggest agricultural field days in New Zealand.


How to plan your event

If you are organising a fundraiser or an event you may need to obtain various licences and/or permits, depending on what you propose to do. To learn more, click here

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz