Bluff marks the beginning of your Southland story.

Thirty kilometres south of Invercargill, lies the port town of Bluff, home to the iconic Bluff Oyster and the gateway to Stewart Island. Bluff has a rich history and many interesting attractions. It is the oldest European settled town in New Zealand, and has many wonderful short coastal and bush walks that offer amazing scenery and views.

Try fresh Bluff Oysters in Southland

Bluff Oysters

Grown slowly in the cool, clean waters of Foveaux Strait the Bluff Oyster is a true New Zealand delicacy. Every year in May the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival celebrates this southern delight with a daylong event full of great local food, entertainment and much more.

Bluff Sign Post

Stirling Point & Foveaux Walkway

Located at the beginning of State Highway 1, Stirling Point is famous for its signpost, which has featured in thousands of photographs with tourists from all around the world. While there check out the popular Foveaux Walkway – an easy coastal walk through to Lookout Point – watch for Southern Right Whales.

Bluff Hill

With a summit at 824 feet above sea level, a walk up Bluff Hill provides inspiring views of Foveaux Strait, Stewart Island, and the rest of Southland. This is a great vantage point to take in the history of Bluff, so take it all in followed by a tour of the heritage trail and visit to the Bluff Maritime Museum. For the adventurous take to the Motopohue Mountain Bike Trail on Bluff Hill.

What's on

Check out our Southland events calendar and find out what is coming up so you can plan your trip south.

What's On

Food and Drink

Whether it’s Bluff Oysters or blue cod accompanied by a delicious craft beer, sampling Southland’s local cuisine is sure to re-energize a food lover's palate.

Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery

Icons of the South

Home to the world famous Bluff oyster, picture-perfect Milford Sound, the Burt Munro Challenge, living legend Tim Shadbolt and the treasured Kiwi, here’s a compilation of Southland’s absolute "must see" icons.

Mitre Peak in Milford Sound is a Southland icon
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There has been a hotel at 40 Gore Street in Bluff from 1899 when the Temperance Boardinghouse was on the site. In 1937, the Temperance Boardinghouse was demolished and the present art deco hotel was built.

Built in 1873 from native New Zealand timbers, The Homestead is majestically located with panoramic views overlooking Bluff Harbour and the Southern Alps.

The Lazy Fish at 35 Burrows Street Bluff is under new ownership and management and has undergone considerable upgrading and refurbishing improving the services available.

Bluff Lodge, in the historic town of Bluff (in the deep south of New Zealand’s South Island!), offers comfortable and friendly accommodation that’s great value – perfect for the budget-conscious traveller!

This fully self-contained quaint Cottage is the perfect place to stay in Bluff. Only 2 minutes walk away from the Ferry Terminal, cafes, pubs, supermarket and beach you have it all right at your finger tips.

Your comfort is important to us. Each room has been designed and decorated to provide you with a totally relaxing experience.

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Thinking about Freedom Camping in Southland? Check out the link below for more information on locations where Freedom Camping is available.

Fishing, diving, hunting, exploring, scenic cruising, social event, the choice is yours with Takaroa 2 Adventure Cruises.

The Greenpoint Walkway is well signposted on State Highway 1 on your way to and from Bluff. This is an easily negotiated and well graded walking track and boardwalk and is accessible to wheelchairs.

Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion, or an extended stay. Cross Foveaux Strait on board our express passenger catamarans.

In 1824 James Spencer landed at Bluff to found one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand.

Offering a variety of fishing and sightseeing experiences departing from Bluff and Stewart Island

Here is one of the best ways to see the bottom of New Zealand….on the deep south Bottom Bus!

A “must visit” for anyone travelling along the Southern Scenic Route, with fascinating historical information about the many early shipwrecks in these challenging southern waters and coastlines.

While in Bluff be sure to take time to visit Omaui. It is an easy drive and the quaint area will not leave you disappointed.

A 9-hole course with a variety of flat to undulating fairways.