Bluff; Where The Journey Begins

When we arrived in Invercargill we realised that Bluff was only a short drive away. As we’d never been there before, we decided a visit would be a good idea. While the weather wasn’t perfect, we didn’t let that hold us back.

Next time we’ll make sure we also have time to visit Stewart Island. Another ‘must see’ on our return trip is the Maritime Museum – this has been highly recommended.

Sculpture Chain
Sculpture Chain

Stirling Point

Stirling Point is the most southern point of State Highway 1. Similarly, if you follow this road to the northern point, you will arrive in Cape Reinga. Stirling Point well-known for its Signpost. The signpost shows distances to many places around the world. Additionally, be sure to also visit the pilot station.

Stirling Point Signpost
Stirling Point Signpost

Foveaux Walkway

From Stirling Point we started walking up Foveaux Walkway. There are different walks at various lengths. If we were staying at Bluff we may have had time for a couple of walks. However, we just headed upstairs until we arrived at the Gun Battery Observation Post – approx 10 minute walk.

Gun Battery Observation Post
Gun Battery Observation Post

Bluff Hill Lookout and Viewing Platform

We decided a drive up to the Bluff Hill Lookout. While it was very windy, it was well worth the trip. Most visitors were sitting in the car enjoying the lookout. We decided to battle the wind and head to the Viewing Platform. It’s a perfect place to take photos, however we would have seen more if the sun had been shining. The panoramic views are awesome.

Bluff Hill Lookout
Bluff Hill Lookout

Bluff Cemetery

The old Bluff Cemetery’s first burial was in December 1860. The cemetery is now closed unless there is an existing family plot. As with many graveyards in New Zealand, it is easy to identify those who died of the 1918 influenza epidemic. The cemetery also includes several grave sites that have wooden fences instead of ornate iron fences.

Bluff Cemetery
Bluff Cemetery
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