Events In History

Gore (65 km north-east of Invercargill) is Southland’s second largest town. It lies on the banks of the Mataura River, famed for its brown trout. In 1862 sawmiller Daniel Morton opened Long Ford House, an accommodation house providing stables, beds and liquor for travellers and the first sections were surveyed that year. The settlement expanded rapidly in the 1890s and 1900s, after which growth remained steady. After the Second World War, three prosperous decades saw the population rise. During the 1960s it was reputed to have the highest per-capita retail turnover of any New Zealand town. The farm sector was not as buoyant after 1976, and since then the population has fallen. Related businesses have closed, including the cereal mill that had processed oats and other grains since 1877.

Meaning of place name
Named after Thomas Gore Browne, governor of New Zealand between 1855 and 1861