The small coastal town of Bluff is the pearl of the south. Awarua, meaning ‘two channels’, is the Māori name for Bluff Harbour, referring to the two bodies of water that make up the entire harbour.
The area was an abundant source of mahinga kai gathered from the bay, and with a population of just under 2000 is still a bustling port, rich in history with the flax trade attracting the first European settlers in the early 1820s.
Today, this small and resilient community remains deeply connected to their environment. A network of walking tracks provides abundant native birdlife and flora to delight nature lovers. Stirling Point marks the beginning of State Highway 1 that traverses New Zealand up to Cape Reinga – the journey begins here!
Nearby forested Motupōhue (Bluff Hill) stands behind Bluff township, providing panoramic views from the viewing platform. In accordance with his wishes, the celebrated Kāti Māmoe leader Te Rakitauneke is buried on Motupōhue with his face to the rising sun so that he could gaze upon the beauty of Foveaux Strait.
Mana Charters invite you to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors with a voyage to gather kai moana (food from the sea) guided by the very best of local knowledge.