Bluff, seafood mecca - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Bluff, New Zealand's seafood capital.

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New Zealand’s southernmost town is known for its seafood, and more fish and shellfish is landed there than at any other New Zealand port. Bluff is famed for its creamy, delicious oysters, but blue cod, crayfish, mussels and pāua (abalone) are also on the menu. Muttonbirds – actually sooty-shearwater chicks – are harvested from offshore islands each autumn by Māori.


Fishing industry
Tītī – muttonbirding
Bagging Bluff oysters
Bluff and the south coast

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