Bluff is the southernmost town in New Zealand. Quite often termed the end of the road, where state highway 1 terminates; or from a Bluff perspective begins. Bluff is claimed to be the oldest settlement in New Zealand. A status that is claimed also by Kerikeri.

Bluff is a pretty seaside village that nestles into the side of a steep hill. A visitor quickly determines the town is suffering from the loss of residents, but that said there is a thriving port, fishing and a Bluff Oyster industry that is going from strength to strength.

As referenced Bluff was one of the earliest areas of New Zealand where a European presence became established? The first ship known to have entered the harbour was the Perseverance in 1813, with the first European settlers arriving in 1823/1824 and it is this claim that this makes Bluff the oldest permanent European settlement in the country.

Bluff is dominated by Bluff Hill, an extinct volcanic cone, which provides some shelter from the prevailing westerly winds.

 The town is named for this bluff, which was known to early whalers as Old Man's Bluff or Old Man Bluff. East

The Maritime Museum at Bluff is one of the best and is definitely worth a visit.

The Hotels in Bluff are old of which The Empire carries trust heritage.

The Bluff War Memorial has strong seaside presence.

There is only the single surviving church in Bluff.

Bluff is a must visit and be sure to take the trip to the top of Bluff Hill for and cast the eye to Stewart Island and Foveaux Straight.


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