Bluff Things to Do

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    tiwai

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited (NZAS) operates an aluminium smelter at Tiwai Point near Bluff.
    The smelter's first stage, a single reduction line, was commissioned in 1971 following the development of the Manapouri hydro-electric scheme.
    In 1996 a major upgrade of the smelter was completed, increasing annual capacity to 313,000 tonnes. This is produced in the form of extrusion billet, t-bar and ingot. More than 90% of the smelter's production is exported, mainly to Japan, Korea and other Asian markets.
    The NZAS smelter features a carbon plant, four reduction lines and a metal casting facility. The plant employs about 900 staff.
    You can tour the smelter from 1000 most weekday mornings, with prior bookings.
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    The Paua Shell House is no longer

    by DSwede Written Aug 15, 2010

    I guess this post is to update those who may not be aware and those that read the other tip (posted ~2003) recommending that visitors should stop at the Paua Shell House.

    Fred and Myrtle Flutey spent nearly their entire lives with a dedication and possibly a mild obsession to collecting the Paua shells (abalone).

    While it was the largest collection ever achieved, when Fred and Myrtle passed away, the house remained for several years. However, the heir to the house made an executive and controversial decision, that all the shells be removed.

    Some shells remain on the front porch of the house, but the rest of shells are now part of the Caterbury Museum displays in Christchurch.

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    Stirling Point

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Dec 29, 2003

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    A further 1.5 kms of coastal drive past the end of Bluff's main street will bring you to the Stirling Point Signpost which marks the beginning of State Highway One. The signpost gives the distances to some of the world's most famous cities.
    The Point is named after Captain William Stirling who established a Whaling Station nearby in 1836.
    From the Point you can do 2 scenic walks, the Foveaux Walk a 2-hour walk around the coastline or the shorter Glory Track a 20-30 minute trek.
    Also at the point are a range of facilities - cafe, restaurants, gift shop, wine bar and accommodation.

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    paua shell house

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Fred and Myrtle's Paua Shell House is a must stop for anyone travelling down south.
    It has the largest display of paua shells in New Zealand.
    Fred, who worked on the construction of the Bluff Harbour, devoted a lifetime to the collection of shells of the Paua, a species of abalone (Haliotis Iris), found only in the seas around New Zealand
    Lining the walls of their "Paua Lounge", visitors from countless countries have enhanced the extravaganza by contributing their business cards for display.
    Fred and Myrtle used to delight both visitors and locals with their discoveries, stories and hospitality. Sadly now both have passed to the next world, but the Paua Shell House lives on...

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    things to see and do in bluff

    by TomorrowsAngel Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Bluff Maritime Museum Foreshore Road, (03) 212 7534

    Bluff Heritage Trail Greenhills - Bluff,
    Brochures available from many selected outlets in Bluff.

    Paua Shell House 258 Marine Parade, (03) 212 8262

    Art in the Park concrete statuary Greenpoint, State Highway 1 (03) 212 7328

    Tara Downs Horse Treks 549 Omaui Road, Greenhills (03) 214 0011

    Stewart Island Ferry 21 Foreshore Road (03) 212 7660

    Bluff Golf Links Omaui Road (Greenhills),
    Southernmost 9 hole golf course in New Zealand, Greenfees $5.00 ,
    Club days - Wednesday Women , Saturday Men , Twilight Wednesday 5pm

    Bluff Hill (Motupohe) Flagstaff Road. Panoramic views of Southland, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island

    Stirling Point International signpost tearooms, winebar, cafe, gift shop and accommodation.

    Argyle Beach Marine Parade

    Sir Joseph Ward Statue at Island Harbour entrance. Sir Joseph Ward became Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1906. He was also a former Mayor of Bluff.

    Sir Joseph Ward burial place Bluff cemetery, Lagan Street.

    Island Harbour Southlands Port operated by Southport NZ LTD
    Tours available by contacting Southport office (03) 212 159

    Tiwai Smelter Tours
    Phone (03) 218 5494
    Open 10 am most weekdays.
    Prior bookings essential.

    Trail Biking access from McDougall Street.

    Skateboard Park Bluff is a town with terrific facilities, particularly considering its size. One of the latest additions is very popular with many of the younger residents. The Skateboard Park is situated in the main business area on Gore Street and is always well utilised

    The Iron Gates Nichol Road Ocean Beach (these mark the site of the original Nichol homestead)

    Omaui Signposted from Invercargill-Bluff highway. Bush drives picnic spots, beach walks, sea views, BBQ facilities.

    War Memorial Marine Parade

    RSA Memorial Grove Situated at the bottom of Bluff Hill

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    the bluff oyster

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Sep 17, 2003

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    Some say that Bluff oysters are the finest in the world. They are grown slowly in the cold clean waters of the Foveaux Strait. In season, they are dredged by Bluffs oyster fleet.
    Oystering first began commercially at Stewart Island in the 1860s. Coastal cutters were simply beached on the beds at high tide and the oysters shovelled aboard as the tide dropped. The catch was transported in the shell to the mainland and right from the outset demand was so high that within a few years the beds were exhausted. Depleting beds caused the closure of the harvesting in 1877. In 1879 new larger beds were discovered in deeper water and the centre of activity gradually shifted from Stewart Island to Bluff.
    Although commonly known as the Bluff oyster, it is known by others names, including mud oyster, flat oyster, dredge oyster, Foveaux Strait oyster and deep water oyster.The species is actually found throughout New Zealand, but is most common in the south.
    A quota system was introduced in 1963, the twelve oyster boats then engaged in the industry being set a limit of 170,000 sacks per season (each sack containing, on average, 800 oysters). The quota was progressively reduced until in 1970 with 23 boats operating, it was 115,000 or 5000 per boat (in eating terms that equates to two dozen oysters for every man, woman and child in the country). Seasons were relatively good until the 1986/87 season when the beds were struck by the parasitic protozoan Bonamia. This caused the oysters to become watery and black. Because of the Bonamia the season was ceased in 1991 and did not reopen until 1994 with a limited quota and fewer boats.
    Today some say the Oysters are as good as there older counterparts if not better.
    When oystering first began it was a race to get the first oysters back to the wharf. Today some boats are met by helicopters who whisk the oysters away to be distributed throughout the country.

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