WHAT TO DO
For something a little different, visit one of Southland’s off-beat attractions.
EASTERN SOUTHLAND GALLERY
With intimate rooms filled with the work of influential New Zealand artists, including Rita Angus, Ralph Hotere and Theo Schoon, Gore’s art gallery is a unique space where a Len Lye kinetic sculpture sways happily a room away from large West African artefacts. goredc.govt.nz/our-facilities/arts-andheritage/eastern-southland-gallery
HOKONUI MOONSHINE MUSEUM
Hear more about Gore’s colourful past with a museum dedicated to the district’s period of prohibition, and resulting ‘sly groggers’, as well as displays of colourful memorabilia from homes of the past. You can even taste, and take home, a tipple of the once-bootlegged substance. goredc.govt.nz/our-facilities/arts-andheritage/hokonui-moonshiners-museum
E Hayes Motorworks Collection is home to the ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ motorbike, which Burt Munro (played by Anthony Hopkins in the movie of the same name) rode to land-speed record fame at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the 1960s. Every February the Burt Munro Challenge motorcycle race honours the late local hero at his old practice speedway, Oreti Beach.