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.
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.
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 – and watch for Southern Right Whales.
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 consider the history of Bluff, with more to be found at the Bluff Maritime Museum and on a journey around the Bluff Heritage Trail. For the more adventurous, the Motopohue Mountain Bike Trail on Bluff Hill provides thrills.
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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.View
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.View