Gore; Rural City Living in Central South Island

Gore has some unexpected surprises.  Not only is it New Zealand’s capital of country music, the town’s welcoming sign informs visitors that they are the World’s Capital of Brown Trout fishing.  When heading south you will see the Gore Ram Statue as well as the historic Flemings Creamoata Mill.

Historic Flemings Creamoata Mill
Historic Flemings Creamoata Mill

Gore Public Gardens

These gardens are located in town so are a walk-able distance from most accommodation. The Gore Public Garden was laid out in 1906 by the horticulturalist who was primarily involved also in the Dunedin Public Gardens.  We have visited these gardens several times at different times of the year, yet there is always something different to admire.  The gardens include an aviary as well as a fernery.  Another area to walk around is Hamilton Park.  There is a track at the back of the park to walk along that follows the creek.  Not sure if this has been developed further as it’s been a couple of years since we walked this track.

Gore Public Gardens
Gore Public Gardens

Country Music Capital of New Zealand

If you love Country Music, then you need to visit Gore.  Check out the Hands of Fame Statue as well as the inductee hand prints.  The inductees include national icons like Ray Columbus and The Topp Twins.  International inductees include Kenny Rogers and Glen Campbell.  If Country Music is not your thing, the Hands of Fame is still very interesting.

Hands of Fame
Hands of Fame

The Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament

The most recent Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament was opened in 1988 has does not look like most churches.  However, it incorporates three historical bells in the bell tower.  One of the bells came from the demolished church, one from the old Balfour Church and the largest bell was from the Redemptorist Monastery in Wellington.

Some people mistake the church for a swimming pool.  It’s interesting to see a church that doesn’t look like what a church is suppose to be.  It’s great to see something that is different, however it does look like it was built in the 1980s by its design.

The Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament
The Catholic Church of the Blessed Sacrament

Gore Cemetery

The Gore Cemetery is located in Crewe Street.  It was established on 10 June 1878.  It is well-kept and lovely to walk through.  We managed to walk around most of the cemetery before the rain started and we had to run back to the car.  There is no more space for new burials.  However, families that have already pre-purchased their plots are still allowed to be interred here.

Gore Cemetery
Gore Cemetery

 

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