Bluff's Stirling Point sign indicates distances to other parts of the world and makes a great photo.
Bluff, Southland

By Venture Southland

Enjoy the rugged character of Bluff, nestled at the tip of the South Island.


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.

The port of Bluff is the home of Bluff oysters – reputed to be the best in the world. The oyster season runs from April to August, and in May 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. Greenpoint Domain offers a coastal walking track, and from the picnic area, a viewing platform overlooks a ship graveyard.

Take a photo with the signpost at Stirling Point; located at the end of State Highway 1 (which runs the full length of the country), it indicates the distance to the South Pole and other parts of the world.

From Bluff you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island and Rakiura National Park, a journey that takes about an hour.

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Anchorstone - Accommodation in Stewart Island New Zealand
9.00 2 Reviews
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Welcome to Stewart Island's newest purpose built accommodation. Anchorstone accommodation borders Rakiura National Park and provides the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Each studio cabin features panoramic forest and bay views. Enjoy elegantly appointed shower ensuite bathr... (more)
Bay Motel - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
9.50 164 Reviews
With panoramic views of the Tasman Sea, Bay Motel overlooks Halfmoon Bay on Stewart Island. It features a nearby golf course, a free shuttle service and free private parking on site. All modern apartments include a sitting area with satellite TV and a kitchen with fridge, microwave, tea... (more)
Bluff Ocean Vista Accommodation - Accommodation in Bluff New Zealand
9.20 61 Reviews
Sitting on the waterfront of Bluff Harbour in a prime location the Bluff Ocean Vista Motel and B&B offers guests a unique experience with a convenient location in the heart of Bluff. Magnificent ocean views and beautiful sunrise/sunsets, Bluff offers unmatched beauty and adventure. Whether... (more)
Crayfish Cottage Bluff - Accommodation in Bluff New Zealand
You have exclusive use of this lovely 3-brm fully-serviced house located right in the village.2min walk to Stewart Island ferry terminal, shops, restaurant & beach20min drive from InvercargillComfortable, private, warm, quiet, clean and well appointed Lounge with heat pump - large flat scr... (more)
Fortara B&B - Accommodation in Otara New Zealand
fortrose, Otara
When 'The Garden House' is occupied we are happy to offer a B&B option in our own home - informal, very warm and comfortable with your own bathroom.We are on the coast between Curio Bay and Fortrose, just off the Southern Scenic Route. An easy 40 minutes from Invercargill, 50 mins from Blu... (more)
Foveaux Hotel - Accommodation in Bluff New Zealand
9.20 11 Reviews
Foveaux Hotel is a small, comfortable 9 room art deco bed and breakfast located in the middle of Bluff-the gateway to Stewart Island. The Captain's Table licensed restaurant is located inside the hotel which offers lunch and evening meals plus devonshire teas every day. Free internet, off ... (more)
Glendaruel Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
9.50 40 Reviews
Scenery by Stewart Island - Hospitality by Glendaruel Welcome to Glendaruel, my much loved home and garden bordering native forest and overlooking beautiful Paterson Inlet and Ulva IslandGlendaruel enjoys a special location just ten minutes walk from Oban the only township on Stewart Islan... (more)
Jo & Andy's B&B - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
9.10 11 Reviews
Cosy, centrally heated, homestay with good music and books and warm personal service. In town yet close to beach and bush. All prices include free breakfast, linen, tea, coffee and a courtesy pick-up. Internet and laundry service available. No TV but plenty of games. We prefer no liquor on... (more)
Kaka Retreat Motel Stewart Island - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
9.30 64 Reviews
Nestled amongst peaceful native bushland, Kaka Retreat Motel offers spacious modern suites with kitchenette, flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Free transfers to and from the airport and ferry terminal are available.Kaka Retreat Motel Stewart Island is less than 5 minutes’ drive from Stewart I... (more)
Kiwa Cottage - Accommodation in Bluff New Zealand
Kia ora and Welcome to KIWA COTTAGE - fully self contained cottage accommodation a comfortable, warm and affordable place to stay in Bluff, tea & coffee complimentary, off-street parking available, kids under 12 stay free and pets by arrangement - Kiwa Cottage is only 2 minutes' walk from ... (more)
Kowhai Lane Lodge - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Overlooking Halfmoon Bay and the islands of the Foveaux Straits, Kowhai Lane Lodge is just 5 minutes’ walk from the waterfront. A 4-hour Ulva Island tour is included in your accommodation rate. All accommodation offers a TV and electric blankets.Set on Stewart Island, Kowhai Lodge is surro... (more)
Sails Ashore Lodge - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
10.00 9 Reviews
Oban, Oban
Just 400 metres from Halfmoon Bay, Sails Ashore Lodge offers rooms with a private balcony overlooking the bay and gardens. Breakfast and a 4-hour Ulva Island tour are included in your accommodation rate. Guests enjoy a sunny communal terrace and a book and DVD library.Guests can enjoy phot... (more)
South Sea Hotel - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
8.30 199 Reviews
Central Waterfront, Oban
This Stewart Island hotel in Halfmoon Bay features a seafront restaurant and Wi-Fi internet. Ferry's from Bluff and planes from Invercargill Airport arrive just a short walk away.The South Sea’s wood-panelled rooms have large windows and high ceilings. Some have balconies overlooking the s... (more)
Stewart Island Lodge - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
8.70 70 Reviews
Stewart Island Lodge is a peaceful accommodation retreat nestled in native bush just five minutes' walk from Stewart Island's village. This private and secluded bed and breakfast has commanding views of Halfmoon Bay and the surrounding hills, and its grounds are home to many native birds, ... (more)
The Garden House near Fortrose - Accommodation in Otara New Zealand
Holiday home on coastal Farmingg property, between historic Fortrose and Waipapa Point.Warm and comfortable former school-teacher's house, all facilities, wood burner, heat pump, lots of extras - art, books, local info., games, trampoline, and more. We endeavour to think of everything for ... (more)
Waipapa Point Cottage - Accommodation in Otara New Zealand
RD5, Otara
We have a self contained cottage at Waipapa Point, just a few kilometres from the famouss landmark, Waipapa Point Lighthouse. Views from our cottage include green, rolling farmland, and the tumbling southern ocean. Our cottage has one bedroom with a queen bed, there is an extra sofa bed in... (more)
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