Gore is Plant & Food Research’s smallest research site with only 1 staff member, who manages our swede breeding programme as well as providing field agronomy services throughout the southern South Island.

Our site and facilities

The Plant & Food Research Gore site is located approximately 5 km from the town centre. The research farm is now privately owned and, as the sole tenant, Plant & Food Research has access to all local facilities.

Gore is approximately an hour’s drive from Invercargill and is part of the Southland province - known for its significant dairy, cropping, sheep and mixed farming, and its valuable contribution to New Zealand’s economy.


Gore has local bus transport options providing scheduled services throughout the region. However, most people tend to travel by car.

The area

Gore is a district with a population of approximately 12,250. It encompasses the towns of Gore, Mataura and Waikaka and extends to Arthurton in the east, Waitane in the west, north to Mount Wendon and as far south as Waiarakiki.

Stunning landscapes make Gore a perfect destination to come and take a break for a while. The climate, soils and light combine to create a richness and brilliance in the colours of many plants which thrive in the local conditions. Peony roses, rhododendrons, roses, magnolias and bulbs all relish in the southern conditions and produce quality top class displays not found in other areas of New Zealand. Gore also services a large local agricultural and farming community and has a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, bars and local activities.

The region

Southland is New Zealand's southernmost region and includes New Zealand's third island, Stewart Island. The lush, green pastoral lands of Southland are a strong contrast to the dryness of Central Otago further north. Throughout the Southland region are a number of accessible, tranquil waterways that attract fly-fishing enthusiasts in search of brown trout.

Southland's largest urban centre is Invercargill, a city of 49,000 people. Visitors come to admire the elegant Victorian and Edwardian buildings, gardens and landscaped parks. As in Dunedin to the north, Invercargill was originally settled by people from Scotland. Invercargill is built around beautiful Queens Park - 80 hectares of gardens, wildlife and sporting fun. As well as an 18-hole golf course, the park has animal enclosures, a bird aviary, play areas and the Southland Museum.

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