Where to Eat

The Gore District offers dining to suit every palate and, with an abundance of locally grown farm-fresh produce, the quality and flavour of the food is exceptional.

Whether it is fine dining at the Thomas Green or a hearty mince pie from the Oven Fresh Bakery, there is plenty to chose from.

The Gore District is in the heart of a licensing trust, which means most of the restaurants and bars are owned and run by the Mataura Licensing Trust. Each year this community-owned organisation returns up to $1 million in grants and sponsorship to the community from its operational profits and gaming machine revenue. 

The MLT also provides all the off-licence alcohol sales in the District. Wine and beer is not available in supermarkets.


The Thomas Green: Fine dining in plush surroundings, the Thomas Green Public House and Dining Room combines Gore's heritage with today's high standards in hospitality.

Howl At the Moon: A cafe/bar with affordable lunch and dinner menus in a relax, casual atmosphere.

Heartland Hotel Croydon Lodge: Recently refurbished, the Blazing Cooper Cafe and Bar is a welcoming venue and open seven days a week.

Other eateries include:

  • Gore Town and Country Club bistro
  • Gore RSA bistro
  • Mataura Falls Hotel bistro
  • Waikaka Hotel
  • The Green Room cafe
  • Cafe Ambience
  • Table Talk
  • The Capri
  • The Olde Post
  • The Gap
  • Oven Fresh Bakery

Information about places to dine is also available at www.gorenz.com.

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