Bluff is a seaport and town in the Southland region of the South Island, New Zealand. It is the southern-most town in New Zealand and is 18 kilometres south from Invercargill.

Bluff is home to the best oysters in the world. The oyster season runs from April through till August, and the locals put on a lively festival to honour the iconic seasonal delicacy. The seafaring heritage of Bluff is celebrated at the Bluff Maritime Museum where you can see exhibits that focus on whaling, oystering and shipwrecks.

The town is also a great base to some other fantastic locations; you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island and Rakiura National Park.

A must see for visitors is the Stirling Point signpost which marks the beginning of State Highway 1 and runs the length of New Zealand all the way north to Cape Reinga. The point is memorable for the large signpost displaying distances to major cities in the world a photograph of this signpost is a must for your travel journey.

There are many walking tracks that can easily be accessed from Stirling Point. They pass superb viewing points of rugged coastline. One of these walks leads to Bluff Hill with clear panoramic views of Southland, Stewart Island and Bluff's township and port.

Bluff History

The Bluff area, was one of the earliest areas of New Zealand where a European presence became established. The first ship known to have entered the harbour was the Perseverance in 1813, in search of flax trading possibilities, with the first European settlers arriving in 1823/1824.

Main Towns in the Southland Region

Other Towns in the Southland Region