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Bluff is a small port town in New Zealand about 15 minutes by car south of Invercargill, on the exceptional place of the South Island. Bluff is at the end of a peninsula and is located on the western side of Awarua Bay.


The earlier town was called Campbelltown, but in 1917 it was renamed as Bluff. The latter name is associated with Bluff Hill, which serves as a refuge from the prevailing winds.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Dunedin Airport [12], IATA: DUD, a domestic and international airport.
  • Invercargill Airport Domestic airport [13] is 28 km from Bluff town. Air New Zealand[14] has flights from Christchurch and Wellington. A flight from Christchurch takes about an hour in a turboprop aircraft. A direct flight from Wellington takes around 2 and a half hours.
  • Queenstown International Airport [15] is well served by domestic and international flights by major airlines while major New Zealand Highways connect Queenstown to surrounding South Island regions.

By train[edit]

Bluff signpost

By bus[edit]

  • The main option is to reach Invercargill.
  • Catch-a-Bus [16] provides service to Invercargill from the main international airports.
  • InterCity [17] operates daily services from Dunedin to Invercargill.

By car[edit]

Invercargill is the main focal point of numbered highways in Southland.

Heading south from Dunedin or Queenstown to Invercargill is about two-and-a-half hours

Car rental office[18] for your tour.

By boat[edit]

Ferry Terminal, 11 Foreshore Road, Bluff 9814. The connection from Ferry Terminal to inland[19] by road.

The nearest Port Chalmers cruise port is for Dunedin.

Wellington to Picton Ferry Service between North & South Islands. Wellington is served by 2 ferry terminals: Bluebridge Wellington terminal[20] and Interislander Wellington passenger terminal[21].

Get around[edit]

Motupohue Scenic Reserve

See[edit][add listing]

  • Bluff Hill Lookout and Motupohue Scenic Reserve, 180 Flagstaff Road, Bluff 9814, [22] Good views can be seen from the lookout, a short drive or hike up from the main street in town. On a clear day, you can see Stewart Island as well as a couple of other minor islands off the south coast.
  • Bluff Maritime Museum, 241 Foreshore Road, Bluff 9814, tel.+64 321 27534, [23]. Check out this museum for exhibits that focus on whaling, oystering, and shipwrecks. The unique Paua shells artifacts from this area are located in the Canterbury Museum.
  • Chain sculpture on the coast near Bluff symbolizes the Māori belief that Stewart Island is anchored to South Island. A similar sculpture is located in Rakiura National Park (Stewart Island) represents the other end of the chain.
  • Greenpoint Ship Graveyard, 2375 Bluff Highway, Greenpoint 9877 [24]
  • Stirling Point, 39 Ward Parade, Bluff 9814 Bluff is the oldest European settlement in New Zealand, Bluff has a rich and varied history. There was built a signpost showing the distance and direction to various major cities and locations around the world.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Beaches. The nearest beach is Ocean Beach. If you want to visit more of them, you will find Omaui Beach, and one more Oreti Beach, which is the best one.  edit
  • Hiking, [1]. You can take the direction towards Greenpoint Ship Graveyard or towards the south from the Bluff town. There is a coastal walkway from the parking area and viewpoint at the south end of town around the southern point. So, park and follow along the main street for the walk. Great hiking areas are on Stewart Island.  edit
  • Mountain biking, [2]. Get emotional satisfaction from the riding and the countryside exploring.  edit
  • Sailing (Green Point Yacht Club), Bluff Highway, Greenpoint 9877, [3]. Get your first sailing experience there, if you dream about sailing.  edit
  • Shark Experience (Shark Cage Diving), 64 Gore Street, Bluff 9814, +64 272 290 986, [4]. View great sharks from the surface or underwater from a cage and get the excitement of this huge sea animal.  edit


Bluff oysters
Oyster Cove
Stewart Island
  • Ostrea chilensis and food festival, [5]. in May. Locals put on this lively festival to honor Ostrea chilensis. This oyster is called after the port at which the main fisheries are based and it can be called by the other names too, as Foveaux Strait oyster, Rock oyster, or Tio Para.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Bluff It Ceramics, [6]. Handmade ceramics created using age-old techniques.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Fresh is Best NZ, 248 Ocean Beach Road, Ocean Beach, Bluff 9814, +64 272 651 911, [7]. Restaurant  edit
  • Galley Takeaways, 42 Gore Street, Bluff 9814, +64 321 27391. Restaurant  edit
  • Oyster Cove, 8 Ward Parade, Bluff 9814, +64 321 28855, [8]. Restaurant Bar  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Lighthouse Art Gallery and Cafe, 30 Gore Street, Bluff 9814, +64 321 28922. Cafe  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Bluff Camping Ground (Argyle campground), 21 Gregory Street, Bluff 9814, +64 276 262 018, [9].  edit
  • Bradshaw House Bluff, 34 Bradshaw Street, Bluff 9814, +64 321 28444, [10].  edit
  • Eagle, 134 Gore Street, Bluff 9814, +64 321 28134.  edit
  • Land's End Boutique Hotel, 10 Ward Parade, Bluff 9814, +64 321 27575, [11].  edit


  • Tourism Southland, 15 Forth Street, Invercargill 9810, +64 321 11429.  edit

Get out[edit]

  • Stewart Island. Rakiura National Park, most of which is a conservation area, is accessible by ferry or plane. There are hikes on the island and also chances to see kiwis during the daylight hours. The ferry ride takes about 50 minutes and can be very rough, if the wind is strong, which is often here.
  • Invercargill - regional capital and commercial city.

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