Established in 1824, Bluff is one of New Zealand’s oldest European settlements, steeped in the rich, varied history and heritage of seafaring, whaling, sealing and shipping industries that thrived here over the decades.[ReadMoreMob] For an insight into this fascinating past, Bluff’s Maritime Museum – with its array of interesting exhibits and displays – is a must-visit attraction.
Today, maritime industry remains an important part of life here. Bluff is a key port for ferries to and from Stewart Island, and a gateway for those embarking on an exploration of New Zealand’s Southlands. But, what Bluff is arguably best known for now is its world-famous oysters, which have been caught here since the late 1870s and are considered some of the finest and tastiest available – a claim that’s celebrated at Bluff’s iconic Food and Oyster Festival every May.
Aside from delving into deep history, and sampling delicious locally sourced seafood, you can be at one with nature during a visit to Bluff too; there are coastal walking routes to trail, spectacular landscapes to discover and picturesque waterways to sail. And, while you’re visiting, your time in Bluff isn’t complete without stopping by Stirling Point to have a photo with the famous signpost.