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

By Venture Southland

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

Bluff

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
Stewart Island
032191071
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 bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, central heating, kitchen and laundry facilities... (more)
Bay Motel - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Oban
032191119
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/coffee makers. Rooms open out on a private balcony, most with bay vie... (more)
Bluff Ocean Vista Accommodation - Accommodation in Bluff New Zealand
Bluff
032128444
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 relaxing in one of the luxurious motel units, or in the well appointe... (more)
Foveaux Hotel - Accommodation in Bluff New Zealand
Bluff
032127196
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 street parking and continental breakfast are included in the room rate... (more)
Kaka Retreat Motel Stewart Island - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Oban
0800500252
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 Island Airport and only 400 metres from Stewart Island Ferry Terminal. ... (more)
Kowhai Lane Lodge - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Oban
032191151
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 surrounded by lovely gardens, home to many species of native birds. It is 6... (more)
Sails Ashore Lodge - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Oban, Oban
08007839278
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 photographing the native wildlife, or relax in the guest lounge. The prope... (more)
South Sea Hotel - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Central Waterfront, Oban
032191059
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 sea.Traditional seafood chowder is the specialty of the hotel restauran... (more)
Stewart Island Lodge - Accommodation in Oban New Zealand
Oban
0800656501
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, including kaka (native parrots), which may be viewed from the terrace.... (more)
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