Bluff is one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand. Come here to enjoy the scent of the sea and the rugged character of an oystering port.

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The port of Bluff is the home of Bluff oysters – reputed to be the best in the world. The oyster season runs from April until August, and the locals put on a lively festival to honour Ostrea chilensis (that’s Latin for Bluff oyster). The maritime museum has exhibits that focus on whaling, oystering and shipwrecks.

In Bluff you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island and Rakiura National Park, tour the aluminium smelter and get some exercise on the local walkways. In the Greenpoint picnic area, a viewing platform overlooks the ship graveyard. A signpost at Stirling Point indicates the distance to the South Pole and other parts of the world.

Functional facts: Approx. population 1800, ferry port, limited accommodation.