Charming accommodation in an elegant setting

Murray and Zena Burgess
40 Charlton Lane
Gore 9710
New Zealand

Ph: Freephone 0800 289 946
Ph: 027 304 2054
Fax: 64 3 208 7145

Welcome to Heartland

Gore is a thriving, attractive town, sitting picturesquely on the banks of the famous Mataura River. This river, which wends its way through some of our country's most productive farmland, is famed for the excellence of its trout fishing.

Gore is the commercial and service centre for a large rural area - famous for its farming produce - lambs, grain and dairy products.
The town offers excellent shopping, cultural, dining and accommodation facilities. Its recreational facilities are the envy of others. 


Activities for visitors:

  • Pioneer Park - a model historic town
  • Eastern Southland Art Gallery - our nationally famous gallery.
  • Moonshine Museum - depicts the historic making of illegal whisky.
  • Gore Historical and Research Museum
  • Gore Airforce Museum
  • The Multisports Centre - outstanding facilities
  • Croydon Aircraft Company - houses a collection of historic planes.
  • Great shopping
  • Excellent sporting facilities
  • Attractive parks and gardens


Drive west from Gore and you will arrive at one of the most scenic and uninhabited parts of NZ. Our special area of rain forests, fiords and national parks. There are a variety of world-famous walks and boat cruises.
A diverse range of flora and fauna are found here - rich birdlife and sea mammals such as seals and sea lions. Visit the attractive towns of Te Anau and Manapouri.
Go caving, kayaking, jet boating, diving, fishing, hunting or just plain relaxing in our wonderful World Heritage area.


Central Otago

Better known just as "Central", this area can be reached by driving north from Gore - either NW through the internationally famous resort town of Queenstown, or more directly due north through Roxburgh and Alexandra. This area is beautiful in both winter and summer. The autumn colours on the trees are worth a visit. The area has a wide range of winter/summer temperatures. In Otago you will find snow-capped mountains, beautiful lakes, pristine rivers and beautiful tussock covered hills. There are a number of cycling trails that are extremely popular. Just about every imaginable recreational activity can be experienced somewhere in the region.

The South Coast.

This area is on the Southern Scenic Route. It sweeps the full coastline across the very bottom of the South Island. Visit small historic spots such as Waipapa (shipwreck site) Riverton, Colac Bay, Te Waewae Bay to Tuatapere. Each area has wonderful scenery and an interesting history.
It is also very easy to reach Stewart Island from Gore. An easy drive to Bluff, then board the catamaran for the one-hour crossing. Enjoy the beautiful bays and beaches, or just stroll along any of the local walks. Return to Gore in the evening.

The Catlins Coast

Situated on the Southern Scenic Route, this is an area of unspoilt beaches, rainforest, waterfalls, walking tracks and interesting history. The wildlife outnumbers humans.
Be on the lookout for wildlife; seabirds, penguins, seals, sea lions, elephant seals and bush birds.
There are many activities available - guided walks and eco-tours. This area has very few people, so it is a wonderful place to slow down and enjoy yourself.


Gore as a hub:

Gore is ideally placed to allow you to explore the most beautiful areas of Southland and Otago. Within two hours easy travelling over good, uncrowded roads you can reach: