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Hokonui  Distillery

With significant help from Kānoa – Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit, the Hokonui Moonshine Museum Charitable Trust has been able to advance the physical on-site manufacture of Hokonuiwith the establishment of a new distillery wing at the museum. But this is certainly not your average spirit still.  Fabricated by Rivet (of Len Lye Centre fame) the trust’s unique 500 litre ‘operative work of art’ not only helps celebrate the artisan nature of its resulting products, but also features components crafted by one of this country’s leading cast glass artists, Phil Newbury.


With the upper Mataura Valley being one of the best grain producing areas in Murihiku, we are proud to utilize Southland grain and other local ingredients to produce our time-honoured Hokonui spirit range. Partnerships with a variety of local suppliers have allowed us to develop products that align with various histories and personalities that are featured in our museum displays. Additionally, our spirit base augments a range of locally produced condiment and confectionary lines that are sold through our front-of-house.   

Shop and Merchandise

The Old Hokonui Museum & Distillery's front of house and shop is operated by our friendly Gore Visitor Centre staff.  Purchase from the museum or online at

Please note that you must be 18 years or over to purchase any alcohol.

Hokonui Foundation Whiskey Casks

Embark on an exciting journey as a cask owner, enjoying your own unique single malt whiskey infused with the essence of the world’s southernmost distillery.

Watch this space for details!

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