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To the north, Gore is a dis­trict ea­ger to over­turn its small-town rep­u­ta­tion. This is most vis­i­ble in the Arts and Her­itage Precinct, which in­cludes the Hokonui Moon­shine Mu­seum and the

Eastern South­land Gallery (goredc.govt.nz). The lat­ter is af­fec­tion­ately named the ‘Goreggen­heim’, since a high-pro­file vis­i­tor re­marked on its sim­i­lar­i­ties with the famed Guggen­heim art mu­seum in New York.

The Hokonui Fash­ion De­sign Awards, which will cel­e­brate its

30th an­niver­sary next year, at­tracts fash­ion stu­dents from all over the coun­try. Run by a loyal lo­cal com­mu­nity, it also shows how South­land’s cre­ative spirit con­tin­ues to im­press (hokonuifash­ion.co.nz).

Stay in a room over­look­ing the Hokonui Pi­o­neer Park at the Heart­land Ho­tel Croy­don (sceni­chotel­group.co.nz) be­fore head­ing 15km north­west to Man­dev­ille, home to another cul­tural quar­ter of sorts. En­joy a meal at Miss Co­coa Cof­fee and shop the beau­ti­ful home­wares at the café and neigh­bour­ing store Money for Wine (miss­co­coa.co.nz, face­book.com/mon­ey­for­wine).

If you need a big­ger boost than a cof­fee, a ride in the re­stored Tiger Moth plane at the Croy­don Avi­a­tion Her­itage mu­seum next door will fuel you with adren­a­line. With the work­shop restor­ing air­crafts for in­ter­na­tional clients, you’re in safe hands as you fly over the ma­jes­tic Hokonui Hills (ex­pe­ri­ence­man­dev­ille.com).

Clock­wise from bot­tom left: The restau­rant and a newly ren­o­vated room at the Heart­land Ho­tel Croy­don; Miss Co­coa Cof­fee’s cafe in Croy­don.

Left: A gi­ant statue cel­e­brates Gore’s sta­tus as the brown trout cap­i­tal of the world. Above: A Tiger Moth plane on the Croy­don Avi­a­tion Her­itage Cen­tre’s air­field.

Clock­wise from right: Ruth Buck­nell’s win­ning de­sign at the Hokonui Fash­ion De­sign Awards 2017; a Ni­cola Jack­son ex­hi­bi­tion at the Eastern South­land Gallery; and Gore Dis­trict Coun­cil’s Young De­signer win­ner Abbey Mc­Mas­ter (right).

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