Hokonui Moonshine Museum

Hokonui moonshine museum sign


The moonshine museum is currently closed for a major upgrade.

The Gore District's colourful history of illicit whiskey making and consumption is celebrated in this unique museum, located in Gore heritage precinct.

By recreating the scenes from old with static displays, audio, visuals and artefacts, the museum brings to life the characters and key events of the prohibition era that spawned the moonshine industry.

Find out how adventurous many local moonshiners became in the face of police opposition, and how kiwi ingenuity often foiled the Customs men.

Old Hokonui whiskey, made to the original recipe, is among a range of merchandise available to buy.


  • Monday to Friday 9.00am - 4.30pm.
  • Saturday 9.00am - 2.30pm
  • Sunday 9.00am - 2.30pm
  • Public Holidays - as advertised

Entry fees

  • Adult $5
  • Senior citizens $4.50
  • Under 18 years free

For more information phone our friendly visitor information staff (03) 203 9288.

Hokonui Moonshiners' Festival

Every second year, the District gets together to celebrate our moonshine heritage with a one-day food and music festival, in Gore's heritage precinct.

There are food stalls providing unique southern cuisine, themed around the moonshine story and period, and popular local and national musicians provide entertainment throughout the day.

To find out more visit the moonshiners' festival website. 

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