Welcome to Bluff

Outside oyster season, the main reason folk come here is to catch the ferry to Stewart Island/Rakiura, catch some maritime nostalgia at the museum, or pose for photos beside the Stirling Point signpost.

Top experiences in Bluff

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $36.39

Image for

Bluff activities

$206.60 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Milford & Stewart Island Flexible Travel Pass - Queenstown return

Queenstown to Gunns CampToday you are in for a treat. It’s an early start as make our way to Milford Sound, one of NZ’s most famous destinations, sometimes referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. You won’t want to nap on this leg of the journey as we drive past Lake Wakatipu and watch the landscape change from farmland to mountains, glacier carved valleys and fiords. There is time to do an afternoon boat cruise around Milford Sound to soak up this untouched world. Known for its rich marine ecology, it’s likely you’ll spot a few wild dolphins, seals and penguins. Next, we head for our unique Stray overnight stop, Gunn’s Camp, located in the solitude of Hollyford Valley. There’s no better place to enjoy an evening under the stars, spot glow-worms in the bush and listen out for kiwi bird calls in the night.Gunns Camp to Invercargill/Stewart IslandWe start the morning with a short riverside stroll through beech forest on the Viewing Gantry walk. Fiordland is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Te Wahipounamu (which incorporates four national parks including Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring, Westland and Fiordland) and you’ll understand why as you marvel at the spectacular surrounding landscape. This afternoon we travel further south via Te Anau to Invercargill and on to Bluff, where you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island. NZ’s third largest island, Stewart Island, has an abundance of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, such as fishing, kayaking, diving, bird watching and tramping tracks. Those not going to Stewart Island will spend the night in Invercargill.Invercargill/Stewart Island to QueenstownFor those who stayed overnight on Stewart Island, this morning is free for you to explore, meet thelocals, go fishing or enjoy some of the walks before catching an afternoon ferry back to themainland. Those in Invercargill will have the option to visit Demolition World (a world entirelyconstructed from demolished buildings and recycled items), race your bus mates around a go-kartingtrack or walk up to the Bluff Hill lookout before reuniting with the island-goers for an expressjourney back to Queenstown.

$147.07 Outdoor Activities

Half Day Skippers Canyon Photography Adventure

We pick you up from your accommodation in or close to Queenstown in our comfortable AWD. A short drive takes us from the downtown bustle through rolling rural countryside to Skippers Saddle, high up on the road to the Coronet Peak ski field. This is the beginning of a 22km dirt road, hewn over a hundred and thirty years ago through mountains and backcountry to reach the rich gold deposits of the Shotover River. The one-lane road winds above precipitous valleys, past fantastic, sculptural landmarks and far-flung mountain vistas to reach and then follow the crystal blue Shotover River as it winds through its own spectacular ravine. Along the way, we encounter aptly named waypoints like Hell's Gate, Bus Scratch Corner and Pincher's Bluff. Around every corner, awe-inspiring features such as Gorilla Rock, the Lighthouse and Castle Rock. Every bend in the road brings a view of distant ranges and snow-capped peaks. At the halfway point, we descend to a riverside beach, the launching point for jet boats and rafting tours and an opportunity experience the Shotover's blue glacial waters. The landscape opens now revealing massive glacial terraces, so flat and sharp-edged they look almost man made. Here we see how gold miners massively changed the landscape with their sluicing and dredging practices. We pass sites where industrious communities, silent now, thrived briefly. Only the odd foundation stone or the remains of a chimney stand testament to the past. Our guide will show you where to look: a copse of trees, the site of a village, rusting steel pipes bringing water to sluicing guns, a Chinese miner's shack, all being taken back by nature. Toward the end of the road, we cross a wooden suspension bridge, spanning a 70-metre ravine. Inaugurated in 1901, this remote structure was a huge engineering achievement for its time. Just wide enough for one vehicle, it is a fantastic example of the tenacity and drive of the people who came first to this region. Finally, we climb through a ghostly stretch of pine forest to reach Skippers Schoolhouse, the last intact building of the settlement that stood here for some sixty years. The lovingly restored building contains a collection of photographs capturing the stories, the characters the and experience of life in those hard times. This is the perfect place for a rest and refreshment stop, with coffee, tea and cookies to replenish us for the drive back to Queenstown. Our return journey gives us an opportunity to revisit views and landmarks, to capture favourite spots in a different light or from another angle. Your guide is a local landscape photographer who knows this road intimately in all its moods. You will be guided in techniques of composition and use of your camera to create images that capture the true beauty and majesty as you see it. The tour runs for about 5 hours, with stops for photography, tuition and refreshments and returns to your accommodation in or around Queenstown.

$262.63 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Deep South Adventure from Queenstown

DAY 1: Queenstown to DunedinHead to Lawrence the gold-rush birthplace, Clyde and it’s hydro-electric dam following the mighty Kawarau River and west past the Milton Hilton (really a prison).Arrive into NZ’s most vibrant student town – Dunedin - Visit Baldwin Street (world’s steepest street), for a quick sprint to the top, experience a City tour with an explanation of the sights of Dunedin (Railway station Photo stop and University)Optional activities that afternoon include: * Speights Brewery Heritage Tour Overnight: DunedinDAY 2: Dunedin to Queenstown via the CatlinsSightseeing day through the spectacular Catlin’s Coast.Journey into Rakiura National Park you may spot some of NZ’s rare and native birds (including the evasive Kiwi), or just chill out in a very peaceful laid back place. Also the best Blue Cod and Chips we’ve ever had. Then we get to the bottom (or pretty close to it) at Curio Bay. A gem of a place, a place of rare things, like NZ’s native Hectors Dolphin, Yellow Eyed Penguins and a 180 million-year-old fossilised forest. We then head towards the Catlins Coastal Rainforest, taking in some wicked beach views, bush walks and waterfalls including Surat Bay or Cannibal Bay, both home to NZ Sea Lions, with a walk on the beach to see them (like being on Discovery Channel!). Enjoy a scenic stop for the day is Nugget Point, home of seabirds, fur seals and stunning coastal vistas. Next head off in the direction of Antarctica stopping in Bluff with a chance to snatch a photo under “that” signpost and optional ferry connections to Stewart Island. Overnight: InvercargillDAY 3: Invercargill to Queenstown with Milford SoundLast day of the journey takes you from Invercargill to Mossburn where we connect with Kiwi Experience who take you in to Milford Sounds. Photo stops are taken in the best spots. On arrival into Milford Sound, you board a Jucy Cruise for a tour of the fiord with full commentary provided. After the cruise, it’s on the bus for the trip back to Te Anau for the final leg of the day to QueenstownOur full Bottom Bus loop plus Milford Sound plus Stewart Island for a night or more. The ultimate Bottom of the South Island experience! Minimum of 5 days. DAY 1: Queenstown to DunedinDAY 2: Dunedin to Catlins to Bluff to Stewart Island. DAY 3: Stewart Island. DAY 4: Stewart Island to InvercargillDAY 5: Invercargill to Queenstown via Milford SoundAccommodation and meals are not included in the cost of this tour. However, we do hold dorm beds at Beach Road Holiday Park, Invercargill, On Top Backpackers, Dunedin and Base Backpackers, Queenstown which can be booked with your Bottom Bus driver on the day.  Please Note: Wildlife viewing depends on the Wildlife and is not guaranteed

$59.53 Transfers & Ground Transport

One-Way Ferry from Bluff to Stewart Island

Zip across Foveaux Strait between Bluff and Stewart Island on our comfortable catamarans. Visit Stewart Island, just one hour’s ferry ride from Bluff and New Zealand’s ultimate eco-tourism destination. During the trip keep an eye out for wildlife – particularly seabirds such as Mollymawk (Albatross) and Titi which often follow the vessel. Our friendly staff provide informative commentary and point out highlights.Ferry crossings operate all year round. Distance covered is 40km (approx. 25 miles). Interpretation handouts and complimentary tea and coffee are available. All vessels are wheelchair accessible.Passengers are required to check-in to the Bluff or Stewart Island Visitor Terminals 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Check-in and boarding gates are closed 15 minutes before scheduled ferry departure times.

$420.20 Water Sports

Queenstown Wilderness and Jet Boat Tour

Today, I'll personally show you the sights of Queenstown and the greater area with a bit of adrenaline thrown in! We will drive out towards the head of Lake Wakatipu. This stretch of road from Queenstown to Glenorchy was recently voted by Lonely Planet as one of the most beautiful drives in the world and you'll see why when we stop at the Bennett's Bluff lookout. Take a thrilling jet boat ride on the Dart River. Out of all the jet boat rides around, this is by far the best experience! You will also get to experience walking through ancient beech forests.We will then enjoy a picnic lunch at the lake in Glenorchy and on our way back from Glenorchy, we can have an optional short 45-minute walk out to Bob's Cove.In the afternoon, we take a visit to Arrowtown, a beautiful historic gold miners town that's well worth a wander down the main street. I'll then have you back to your accommodation around 5pm. Each Personal Private Tour is tailored to suit you and the day, so let's have a chat and I'll create the perfect 1-day itinerary in Queenstown specifically for you, your family or your group.