Bluff is Invercargill’s port, 27km south of the city. It's also home to NZ's only aluminum smelter, but the main reason folk come here is to catch the ferry to Stewart Island/Rakiura or to pose for photos beside the Stirling Point signpost, which signifies that you've reached the furthest southern reaches of NZ. Sorry to disappoint you, but you haven't, for despite the oft-quoted phrase 'from Cape Reinga to Bluff' and the fact that SH1 terminates at Stirling Point, the South Island’s southernmost point is Slope Point in the Catlins with Stewart Island/Rakiura and remote dots of rock lying even further south. But let's not let the facts get in the way of a good story…
Salty tales abound round these parts, as evident in the small Bluff Maritime Museum complete with century-old oyster boat and steam engine. It also houses interesting displays on Bluff history. The Bluff Heritage Trail brochure will guide you around local points of interest.
Oysters are Bluff's most famous export, celebrated during the Bluff Oyster & Food Festival held annually around May. Buy fresh oysters in season from late March to late August from Fowlers Oysters on the way into town on the left.
Near the Four Square supermarket, Stella’s is your best bet for a coffee before braving the ferry crossing to Stewart Island/Rakiura. The muttonbird pie might prove a questionable decision.
For more information see www.bluff.co.nz.