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Visit the Bluff Maritime Museum

Get out and about and experience a short drive from Invercargill. Hit the road and head south – about as south as you can go. Next stop? The Bluff Maritime Museum.

The port town is not only home to that heralded delicacy, the Bluff Oyster, and the iconic yellow sign at Stirling Point.

It is also home to a wealth of history: history that tells tales of hardy Southlanders, the region’s rugged natural landscapes, and more.

The Bluff Maritime Museum pays tribute to the port town’s historical roots. Home to a wide variety of maritime displays, artefacts, miniature models, and a wealth of historical information about the seaside town, it’s the perfect place to while away a couple of hours and learn more about the area.

The museum is the ultimate place to delve into Bluff’s history as one of New Zealand’s oldest European settlements, with early maps, artworks, photographs and more among the displays. Also on show is a working triple expansion steam engine from the TST Awarua, and the oystering boat Monica II – situated pride of place beside the museum on a replica sea bed with oyster dredges, visitors can even board the vessel to explore its nooks and crannys. Once aboard, let your imagination take over and picture what it is like out in Foveaux Strait, dredging Bluff’s famed delicacy.

Open Monday to Friday, from 10am – 4.30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, from 1pm – 5pm.

Admission for adults is $3, for children admission is $1.

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