In the tiny township of Bluff (the Bluff to locals) you can taste its coveted namesake oysters. An annual festival, held in May at the town's wharf, wallows in seafood delicacies; oyster-opening and oyster-eating competitions and cook-offs are part of the fun. The Lands End Inn is also the best place to stay the night. The bakery on Gore Street is open from 5:30 am and has nice pastries and meals. Don't miss the Maritime Museum on the Foreshore Road (the Oyster boat Monica sits beside it). Bluff is also home to the frequently photographed Stirling Point signpost, at the southern end of State Highway 1, which gives directions to places all over the world, including the South Pole. If it's a nice day follow the signs up to Bluff Lookout: the views encompass the Catlins and Stewart Island, and give you an excellent lay of the land. Good walking tracks are around Bluff; many begin at Stirling Point. The town is also the main jumping-off point for Stewart Island. It's about 30 km (19 miles) from Invercargill to Bluff, an easy ½-hour drive south on State Highway 1.
Lands End Restaurant. If you miss the festival, the most spectacular place for oysters, in season, is Lands End Restaurant overlooking the sea. 10 Ward Parade, Invercargill, 9814. 03/212–7575.
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