Bluff

Bluff, Southland's port, is famous as the base for the Foveaux Strait oyster recovery. The succulent oysters are harvested in a limited season beginning in March. Today the town is well known for the Bluff Oyster and Food festival held every May

Across the water from the town you can see the bulk of the Aluminium Smelter serviced by a lengthy jetty (194m) stretching out into deep water.

A shipping service provides a link with Oban on Stewart Island.

One of New Zealand's oldest towns, Bluff dates back to 1836 when Jimmy Jones established a whaling station. It is the nearest port to Australia and until 1939 there was a direct ferry service to Melbourne.
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  • Bluff Oyster Boat in Foveaux Strait - photo by Peter Whiteford
    Bluff Oyster Boat in Foveaux Strait - photo by Peter Whiteford
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