Welcome to Bluff




Bluff – Pearl of the South – Home of the world famous Bluff Oyster, and the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in New Zealand!

Bluff is located at the very south of the South Island, New Zealand, in the province of Southland and is the ‘Gateway to Stewart Island’.

Stirling Point, with it’s famous signpost and walking tracks, is the beginning of State Highway 1 which traverses the length of the country to Cape Reinga in the far north – the journey really does begin here in Bluff!

Our busy and historic port still boasts the timber wharf on which construction began back in 1863 – as the closest port to Australia, Bluff was a very important early New Zealand port, with many thousands of immigrants from the UK and elsewhere making their first landfall on this wharf. Bluff is still a very important port, with regular container and bulk freight services taking Southland’s produce to the world.

The Bluff Maritime Museum is a “must visit” for anyone travelling along the Southern Scenic Route, with fascinating historical information about the many early shipwrecks in these challenging southern waters and coastlines. You will be able to visit many of these sites as you make your way along the Catlins Coast towards Dunedin.

There are panoramic views from the viewing platform on top of Bluff Hill (Motupohue), and a network of  walking tracks is a nature lover’s delight, with abundant native birdlife and flora, much of which is rare except on island wildlife sanctuaries.


There are a number of famous and popular events held in Bluff over the span of a year, including;

The Bluff Oyster and  Food Festival .

The Bluff Hillclimb (Burt Munro Challenge event)

Check the calendar page to find out what is happening and when.

But don’t wait for a special event to visit us – there is a warm welcome waiting for you anytime!



Click on the rainbow for actual Bluff weather from our own weather station

Bluff Weather Forecast
Tomorrow is forecast to be Much Cooler than today. Windy with rain early.
Chance of Rain
Friday 50%
High 20° / Low 7°
Chance of Rain
Windy, chance of showers. Low 7C.
Tomorrow 70%
High 12° / Low 7°
Becoming partly cloudy after some morning rain. Windy at times. High 12C. Winds W at 40 to 55 km/h. Chance of rain 80%.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10%
High 15° / Low 7°
Partly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High around 15C. Winds W at 25 to 40 km/h.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 0%
High 19° / Low 9°
Partly Cloudy
Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 20C. N winds shifting to ESE at 15 to 25 km/h.
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday 20%
High 19° / Low 11°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High near 20C. NNE winds shifting to SSE at 15 to 25 km/h.
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday 20%
High 23° / Low 13°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. High 24C. Winds NE at 15 to 25 km/h.