Bluff ferry port in New Zealand connects you with Oban (Stewart Island) in Stewart Island with a choice of up to 14 ferry crossings per week. The duration of the Bluff to Oban crossing is from 1 hour and the crossing is operated by Stewart Island Experience.
On a bulb-shaped peninsula in the South Island region of New Zealand is the small town of Bluff. Named after the broad cliffs that dominate the south-eastern skyline of town, this coastal settlement on the shores of the Bluff Harbour lagoon is built around a neatly ordered network of streets lined by manicured lawns and a patchwork of bungalows.
The long Marine Parade road that arcs along the west coast offers spectacular views over the rocky shores of the clear-watered bay. It’s a route that leads to Stirling Point on the tip of a lush-green promontory where visitors can dine on the local delicacy of Bluff oysters at the nearby restaurant.
The seaport in Bluff is largely dedicated to the area’s large fleet of fishing vessels, but it is also a gateway for passengers wanting to reach New Zealand’s southernmost region of Stewart Island. The ferry terminal here is nothing more than a concrete pier from which foot passengers can board the departing ships and an overnight car-park opposite the check-in building.
Getting to Bluff port from the southern reaches of New Zealand is easy due to the Route 1 highway that snakes up along the coast of the peninsula and into the larger city of Invercargill. From here travellers can catch a flight from the Invercargill airport or board one of the trains that cover the distance to and from Bluff.
Currently only one service operates from Bluff port. A Stewart Island Experience line makes the short trip south through the narrow channel of Bluff Harbour before crossing the Foveaux Strait to the port-town of Oban on Stewart Island.
Bluff Visitor Terminal, Foreshore Road, Bluff
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