Positioned at the very south of the South Island in the rugged beautiful coastal region of Southland, Bluff acts as the ‘Gateway to Stewart Island’ with ferries departing daily and taking an hour to cross the Foveaux Straight. The small town is one of the oldest European settlements in New Zealand with the historic port playing an important part in the early European colonisation of the South Island with thousands of immigrants from the United Kingdom arriving here to start their new lives in New Zealand.
Today the port is not only used to connect visitors to Stewart Island but also to transport Southland’s fine produce to the rest of the world including the celebrated Bluff Oyster, regarded as one of the finest oysters in the world. In May each year locals and visitors gather together for a day of music, festivities, wine, wild food and oysters at the popular Bluff Oyster and Food Festival. If visiting make sure you stop off at Stirling Point Lookout for a photo with the famous signpost which depicts distances to major cities in the world.