Heritage Trail

Bluff Heritage Trail

39 Ward Parade, Stirling Point, Bluff

The Bluff Heritage Trail consists of 17 fascinating historic sites around one of New Zealand's earliest settlements and features points of interest from the life and family of Bluff’s most famous person, Sir Joseph Ward.

Joseph Ward entered politics in 1878 when he was elected to the Bluff Borough Council. He served as Mayor of Bluff from 1881-1888 and again from 1897-1898. He was a member of the Bluff Harbour Board from 1881-1917 and served as chairman from 1883-1887 and again from 1893-1894. Elected to Parliament as a member for Awarua in 1887, he became a cabinet minister for the first time in 1891. He was Prime Minister of New Zealand between 1906-1912 and again between 1928-1930, when he resigned due to poor health, dying later that year.

The heritage trail covers 20km and as you travel there are many other attractions not to be overlooked; such as the Ocean Beach Church on Nichol Road, small craft moored at the head of the harbour, Bluff Hill's viewing platform, and the many magnificent views over the ocean. The Bluff Heritage Trail is guaranteed to be a half-day well spent.


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Last modified
Mon 18 Mar 2019
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