Bluff

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 – and 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 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.

Bluff guides and brochures

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

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Food and Drink
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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.

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Try delicious craft beer at Invercargill Brewery
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Icons of the South
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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.

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Mitre Peak in Milford Sound is a Southland icon
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Our self-contained accommodation is situated at 33 Gunpit Rd, Bluff and looks out over Bluff harbour and The Catlins coast. The area is quiet, private, close…
The Bluff Camping Ground was first established as a Home Guard army base during World War II. It has since been expanded and now encompasses what was once a…
Welcome to Bluff Ocean Vista Motel Accommodation Sea Views – Free WiFi – Come and stay somewhere unique Sitting on the waterfront of Bluff Harbour in a prime…
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…
Your comfort is important to us. Each room has been designed and decorated to provide you with a totally relaxing experience. Quality linen and spacious rooms…
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…
Bought in 2013 our 1930's cottage is set on a quiet residential street only 10 minutes walk to the Stewart Island ferry and Bluff shops. The cottage has three…
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…
The Lazy Fish at 35 Burrows Street Bluff is under new ownership and management and has undergone considerable upgrading and refurbishing improving the services…
Welcome to The Eagle Hotel. We are a Pub/Hotel that have much to offer. Accommodation Bar Meals Desserts Coffee Gaming Lounge Garden Bar Free Wifi
he Lighthouse Gallery is set up to display and sell local art. The Gallery also has a wifi hotspot and coffee to go. We are situated on the main street of…
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Either begin at Stirling Point or the Gunpit Road access. From Stirling Point either follow the Foveaux Walkway to the beginning of the Glory Track [approx 20…
A “must visit” for anyone travelling along the Southern Scenic Route, with fascinating historical information about the many early shipwrecks in these…
he Lighthouse Gallery is set up to display and sell local art. The Gallery also has a wifi hotspot and coffee to go. We are situated on the main street of…
From Stirling Point to Lookout Point [Foveaux Memorial] 50 minutes. Stirling Point to Ocean Beach 2 hours. [No dogs permitted on this track.] Both tracks are…
Have you always wanted to go shark cage diving and see the great white shark up-close?  Then this is your chance by experiencing a shark dive with us!  Come…
Offering a variety of fishing and sightseeing experiences departing from Bluff and Stewart Island Experienced skipper Keith Donald - operating a Sea Master 9.…
Here is one of the best ways to see the bottom of New Zealand….on the deep south Bottom Bus! We have been guiding intrepid travelers around the bottom of New…
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. As you leave Greenpoint take a…
Fishing, diving, hunting, exploring, scenic cruising, social event, the choice is yours with Takaroa 2 Adventure Cruises. Let our Southland boat cruises show…
In 1824 James Spencer landed at Bluff to found one of the earliest settlements in New Zealand. The first European name for the town was “The Mount” followed by…
Stewart Island is perfect for a day excursion, or an extended stay. Cross Foveaux Strait on board our express passenger catamarans.  During the one-hour…
A 9-hole course with a variety of flat to undulating fairways. Can be affected by strong westerly winds, which will increase the required skill to play this…
Stirling Point is the most southern mainland point in New Zealand. Stirling Point is located at the beginning (and end) of State Highway 1, in the small…
Mana Charters has been in operation for 25 years. We are a very experienced team. Bob is an ex-commercial fisherman & experienced hunter. The Mana is a…
Awesome is a 63ft (18.4 metre) Alloy Commercial Fishing and Charter Vessel operating out of Bluff. She is surveyed for up to 25 passengers inshore /35…
Rakiura Helicopters Stewart Island, the professional & experienced helicopter team , providing helicopter services of all types from Stewart Island Scenic…
Whether its one of our mixed group scenic cruises, a private group charter or a day cruise the good thing about Cruise Fiordland is that we cater to you. All…
This walkway begins opposite the Greenpoint Cemetry and is well signposted on State Highway 1 on your way to and from Bluff.. Approximate walking time (one way…
The Bluff Hill/Motupohue area provides visitors to the area with spectacular views over Foveaux Strait and the Southland Plains, a well-established track…