A panorama of Bluff in the south island of New Zealand, taken looking north west from the road up to the lookout on Bluff Hill. Bluff is a seaport and the southern-most town in New Zealand, and was one of the earliest areas of New Zealand where a European presence became established in 1823/24. It is the main gateway for NZ ships heading down to the Antarctic. The harbour is also home to the Foveaux Strait oyster fleet. Bluff oysters are renowned for their succulence and flavour, and are considered a delicacy nationwide, with Bluff holding an annual oyster festival.