Hokonui Heritage Centre
Hokonui Moonshine Museum
The Hokonui Moonshine Museum is a visitor attraction celebrating the history of illicit whisky making in the southern region. "Hokonui" or "Hokonui Moonshine" had its origins in the Highlands of Scotland, but made its presence felt in the Gore district with the advent of localised Prohibition in 1902. 51 years of subsequent "drought" gave rise to an illicit moonshining tradition, and over 30 resulting prosecutions. The museum explores this colourful history through recreations, audio-visuals and original artefacts. Admission fees apply.
A selection of unique moonshine merchandise is available for purchase in the foyer of the Hokonui Heritage Centre (the destination Gore visitor centre).
The Gore Historical Museum
The Gore Historical Museum celebrates Gore's social history with a variety of displays and special collections. A wide range of items and information cover the arrival of southern Maori, early European settlers, and the resulting enterprise that made the district unique. "Hook, Line & Sinker" is the Museum's celebration of Trout-fishing, while "The Genge Costume Gallery" features a range of colonial costume and adornments. An added service to those with a hands-on interest in local history is The Hokonui Heritage Research Centre: a facility with resources designed for those wishing to undertake local history or genealogical research. Admission Free.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm. Weekends 9.30am - 4pm (June to October 11am - 4pm). Public Holidays 1pm - 4pm.
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