Bluff Maritime Museum

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.

While the museum has a maritime theme with displays on whaling, oystering, shipwrecks , and the construction of the Bluff Harbour Board, it also delves into the history of Bluff.

Being the oldest European settled community in New Zealand there is some fascinating history on offer! The museum also exhibits artwork showing scenes of Bluffs early days,when it was officially known as Campbelltown. Early maps also on exhibit depict that Bluff was always going to be an ideal place to become a port to shelter ships and boats, from the elements of Foveaux Strait.

The Museums newest and biggest attraction is the oystering boat the Monica . The boat kindly donated by the Jones family is a permanent fixture beside the museum. You are able to board the vessel and explore all its nooks and crannys and imagine what it was like out in Foveaux Strait dredging Bluffs delicacy. With a continuously growing collection of exhibits and artifacts, there is always something new to see every time you come to Bluff at the Maritime Museum.

Shark Experience - Bluff NZ

Always wanted to go cage diving and see Great Whites up-close?

Then this is your chance by experiencing a Shark Cage dive with us! Come eye to eye with an array of sharks from the safety of our dive cage – this gives you all the excitement and that special moment with nature - while in a safe environment!

The fantastic Foveaux Strait and the beautiful northern Titi Islands are home to amazing fish life, some beautiful birds and some memorable sights.

This is one to add to your bucket list!

Bluff Hill / Motupohue Area

The Bluff Hill/Motupohue area provides visitors to the area with spectacular views over Foveaux Strait and the Southland Plains, a well-established track network, mountain bike track, car park and interpretation panels.

Original native forest, wind-battered coast and scrub-covered hillsides are some of the delights of Bluff Hill/Motupohue.

While walking is the main recreational pursuit in the area, downhill mountain biking is also gaining popularity. Points of interest include the panoramic views and informative panels at the top of Bluff Hill; Stirling Point with its famous sign and historic Pilot Station; the well-formed walking tracks offering a range of experiences from easy to challenging; and historic wartime sites. Bluff Hill walking tracks are jointly managed by the Council’s Parks Division and the Department of Conservation.

  • Bluff Hill brochure (1.4 MB): Download this brochure for a history (including notes on the area’s special significance to Maori), a map, and the facilities available. The descriptions of the tracks below are from the brochure.

Location: Bluff

Bluff is 25km southeast if Invercargill on State Highway 1.

Access to Bluff Hill/Motupohue is signposted right off SH1, via Leet Street.

The Glory Track is accessed via Walker Street and Gunpit Road and the other tracks start at Stirling Point from the end of SH1.