Festival Date: 22 May 2010
Plate of fresh Bluff Oysters - yum!
Bluff is often considered New Zealand’s oldest permanently settled European town, although hotly contested with Kerikeri in Northland.
The port town was established due to the lucrative flax trade in 1823/24. The area itself was not formerly settled by Maori. Bluff is generally referred to as New Zealand’s southern most town. The Stirling Point Signpost attracts travellers from all over the globe for photos of the sign that shows the distance from Bluff to a variety of major centres and the South Pole.
What makes this town world famous in New Zealand is “Bluff Oysters” renowned for their juicyness and flavour – something so good; we’ve got a festival for ‘em'.
The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival have a huge selection of seafood and locally grown and produced delicacies on offer. The festival itself has booked out all food stalls for the event, well in advance, highlighting just how popular the event is. Food on offer include; spit roast lamb, venison and paua (abalone) patties, whole and half crayfish, Nelson scallops, paua sausages, and winner of New Zealand best pies Stella Oyster pie!
Backpacker Event Pick
The highlight of the event is the “Celebrity Oyster Opening and Eating Competition.” This year the mayor of Invercargill, possibly New Zealand’s best known mayor, Tim Shadbolt, and television personality, Brendan Pongia, will be competing in the event. Always a crowd pleaser.
Tickets are $16 adults, $5 children under 12. To book, visit the Bluff Oyster Fest website.
Where: Bluff… c’mon, it ain’t that big.
Date: 22 May 2010
Getting to Bluff
QUEENSTOWN TO BLUFF
Head south from Queenstown along State Highway 6 along Lake Wakatipu then through Kingston, Lumsden and Winton to Invercargill. Once at Dee Street in the city centre, follow the signs to Bluff, or look out for State Highway 1 south bound. Should take approximately 3 hours. Make sure that you check road conditions before you depart, while unlikely, there may be snow.
Where to stay
Lorneville Holiday Park
A Qualmark rated 4 star Holiday Park set in the country side. "A Stop-Over With a Difference."
Price range:$26.00 - $85.00
Address: 352 Lorne/Dacre Highway, Lorneville, Lorneville.
Other things to see and do around Bluff
Oreti Beach and Sandy Point
Made famous by the film “The World’s Fastest Indian” the beach is where Burt Munro set the New Zealand open beach speed record. Only 10km’s west of Invervcargill, the beach covers 26kms of stunning rugged coastline
The Island is New Zealand’s third largest and one of our best kept secrets. 85% of the island is national park, with stunning walks, untouched bush and coastline all only an hour boat ride from Bluff. Be sure to book your ferry in advance. For more info check out the Stewart Island website. Please note, in most instances, you will need to park your rental vehicle up for the day.
Comment & Win
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Stay tuned for our next BLOG where we’ll be taking a sneak peak at the Queenstown Winter Festival.
Over & out,
Ricki & the Backpacker crew