10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© River Retreat
10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore

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Find the Perfect Holiday Home in Gore

Experience real country living in the rural heart of Southland! A quiet retreat from some of the other more bustling tourist hotspots of the South Island, Gore is an idyllic place to book a holiday home so you and your group can enjoy your own space. From cute cottages to large family homes, there are holiday rentals in Gore to suit a range of needs. Find the right one for you with this list of the best holiday homes in Gore.

For more trip-planning advice, check out The Complete Guide to Gore and the 15 Best Things to Do in Gore.

1. Kaiwera Warm Cozy Cottage

An affordable holiday home just outside of Gore, Kaiwera Warm Cozy Cottage is worth considering for couples, solo travellers or small families. This one-bedroom holiday home has all you need, including a kitchen, bathroom and a bedroom with a double bed and a lounge with a sofabed. Enjoy the surrounds of rolling green hills with cows in the adjacent paddocks for a true rural experience.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Kaiwera Warm Cozy Cottage

2. Ellieā€™s Villa

An excellent holiday home in Mataura, a short drive south of Gore, Ellieā€™s Villa offers affordability and privacy. The family-friendly holiday home sleeps up to six guests across three bedrooms and boasts quirky modern decor. The charming older home also has a spacious fenced-off garden. Keep warm with the installed heat pump and cook up a storm in the well-equipped kitchen. See more stays with irresistible rates in theĀ 9 Best Budget Accommodations in Gore.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Ellie's Villa

3. Twin River Cottages

An idyllic stay for couples or solo travellers, check out Twin River Cottages. This contemporary cottage on a working sheep and beef farm boasts tasteful interiors among all the essentials you may need, including a full kitchen, open-plan dining and lounge area and a separate bedroom and bathroom. The secluded retreat is just east of Gore, about a five-minute drive from town. It’s also one of the more romantic holiday homes in Gore, which we feature in the 5 Most Romantic Accommodations in Gore.

10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Twin River Cottages

4. River Retreat

Families or two families travelling together may want to look at River Retreat. This unique four-bedroom house boasts a striking white facade thatā€™s easy to spot on the streets of Mataura, just a short drive south of Gore. The house is white inside and out, enhancing the light-filled and tastefully designed interiors. The property also has large landscaped gardens that are lovely to relax in on a summer’s evening. We also list this one in our 10 Best Family Accommodations in Gore.

10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© River Retreat

5. Mitre House

If you’re on a budget, check out Mitre House, found on Airbnb. This one-bedroom unit, which sleeps up to two guests, is located adjacent to Bannerman Park where all it takes is a picturesque stroll through the park and then the Gore Public Gardens to get to town. It has a private entry through the property’s garage, which you share with your hosts but you get the unit entirely to yourself. Facilities include a full kitchen with an oven and microwave, as well as an open-plan lounge and dining area. For more advice about using Airbnb, check out Everything You Need to Know About Airbnb in New Zealand.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Mitre House

6. Home Warmth While Exploring Southland NZ

A large modern rural home on the outskirts of Gore, the “Home Warmth” holiday home, found on Airbnb, is a separate self-contained unit attached to the owners’ family home but with its own separate entrance. The one-bedroom unit can sleep up to four guests across its double bed in the bedroom and single bed with another pull-out single bed in the lounge. Nevertheless, the home is also ideal for couples. You’ll have access to a kitchenette with a stovetop and microwave if staying for more than five days. Otherwise, no matter how long you stay, you’ll have a private lounge with a log burner.

Check Home Warmth out on Airbnb.

10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Home Warmth While Exploring Southland NZ

8. Mt Talbot Cottage

A rural retreat on the outskirts of Gore, Mt Talbot Cottage offers tranquillity and privacy on a four-acre farm. Enjoy the views from your deck with a verandah and effortless cooking in the well-equipped kitchen with an oven and dishwasher. The cottage has a homely ambience felt across its cosy lounge with a TV and two bedrooms with a queen bed each, ideal for two couples travelling together or affordable enough for one couple.

Check Mt Talbot Cottage out on Airbnb.

10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Mt Talbot Cottage

8. Trout View Apartment

A cosy apartment in the heart of the action, the Trout View Apartment is so central in Gore that it overlooks the famous Brown Trout statue! The well-appointed holiday home has a bedroom with a queen bed, a tiny second bedroom with a single bed (no guests permitted under the age of 12 though), and a bathroom and kitchen with modern fixings. There’s private parking around the back of the apartment.

Check Trout View Apartment out on Airbnb.

10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© Trout View Apartment

9. The Gumboot Lodge

For a couple of friends looking for an adventurous stay, how about the rustic cabin of The Gumboot Lodge? Set on the foothills of the Hokonui Hills, between the must-visit Dolamore Park and Gore, this compact cabin with a twin bed set-up offers something affordable and unique in the Gore area. Your cabin has a kitchenette, where guests are offered some supplies and ingredients from the garden. You also have your own washing machine and ensuite bathroom. The grounds are shared with numerous farm animals and pets making for an entertaining stay.

Check The Gumboot Lodge out on Airbnb.

10 Best Holiday Homes in Gore© The Gumboot Lodge

10. [CLOSED] Doc Valley

Yet another popular holiday home in Mataura, Doc Valley is a renovated doctors’ surgery-turned-two-bedroom home. Boasting sleek black and white interiors throughout, there’s nothing too offputting about this property which sleeps up to seven guests. Enjoy sprucing up meals in the full and spacious kitchen, having easy access to laundry machines, and kicking back in the lounge with Netflix and free WiFi.

More About Holiday Homes in Gore

That’s it for our list of the best holiday homes in Gore. For more advice on visiting this Southland town, take a look at the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it inĀ The Complete Travel Guide to Gore.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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