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.

For the latest on what's on in the District visit our events calendar at gorenz.com.

Freeze Ya Bits Off Busking

Gore Youth Awards

Hokonui Culture Feast

Gore District Community Awards

Santa Parade/Christmas in the Park


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

Tussock Country - a nine-day festival celebrating all things country music. Tussock Country embraces all the traditional events of Gore's country music festival as well as some new ones. 

Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival - this is held every second Summer 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 on 16 February 2019.

MLT 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.

MLT 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, field days is where town and country get together, where innovation is showcased and business deals done. It attracts over 40,000 people every second year. The next field days is in 2020.


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. Click here to learn more.

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