Located 11km from Gore at the south-west end of the Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve, on the lower slopes of the Hokonui Hills, Dolamore Park offers something for everyone.
Dolamore Park encompasses 95 hectares of native podocarp forest, expansive lawn areas and a range of exotic plantings encased by stone wall terracing. Extensive areas of over 500 mature Rhododendrons make a spectacular show in spring.
Camping, Picnic & BBQ Facilities
Dolamore Park is an ideal location for a family day out or a night’s camping. There are uinlimited tent sites on grassed areas, 22 powerpoints for campervans to hook up to and electric BBQs. These are coin operated and cost $2. There are also kitchen and shower facilities.
Camp fees are $10 per adult, $2 for school age children and under 5s free. No Dogs Allowed
Dolamore Park is the gateway to many pleasant easy walking tracks. They range in length from 10 minutes to 4 hours. Views of the Mataura Valley are fantastic.
Department of Conservation walking tracks lead through the forest, giving visitors a chance to explore and discover many native plants and wildlife. Take a camera and binoculars, as the view from the top of the Poppelwells Lookout is worth documenting.
These tracks are of good to excellent standards and can be walked most times of the year. Sturdy footwear is recommended.
Mountain biking enthusiasts are also catered for with a grade 3 track just minutes from the Park, at Pope Road.
There is a playground that includes slides, swings, jungle gyms, rope-climbing wall and even a flying fox.
An Education Centre is open by appointment, displaying interactive information which shows the balance of biodiversity in native forests.
Flora & Fauna
Native bird life happily co-exists with the visitors in the Park. There are Kereru (native wood pigeon), Fantail, Bellbird and the Tui. These are other birdlife are commonplace, especially when the Flax, Rata and Kowhai are in flower.
A few hundred metres along the well-built wooden rampway at night reveals a bioluminescent display from the resident population of glowworms.
The Waimumu Stream, which flows through the Park, is the home to Brown Trout, Long Finned Eels and also the native Kokopu. A moderate population of freshwater lobsters can be found under the rocks. Kingfisher, Herons and Black Shag also make regular visits to the stream.
Dolamore Park is named in honour of the Dolamore family, whose gift allowed the camping area to be developed. The land was originally bought by the Gore Borough Council in 1940 to establish a public picnic area and provide access into the adjacent Croydon Bush Scenic Reserve in order to maintain it as a wildlife sanctuary.