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The Galley is a no-frills seafood diner that caters to the locals. It has a couple tables, but also caters for takeaway.
The walls are covered with Paua shells (abalone) that have been donated from visitors from around the world. Mostly this is to keep the local draw of the paua shells since the "Paua House" is no longer.
Favorite Dish: There are various types of fish, fritters, fries, etc. Mostly they are fried, but not all of them.
They have meal sets that include some cole slaw, fries, etc. For example the 1/2 ration of local Bluff oysters with the meal set was about $20.
However if you eat some fish and chips and a few fritters, you can eat for less than $15.
Written Aug 15, 2010
Address: 42 Gore St
The gallery, located on the main street (Gore Street) presents creative works of local artists who mainly focus on the Southland area.
Written Mar 3, 2012
Address: Gore Street, Bluff
Phone: (03) 212 8922
Website: Email: email@example.com
This industrial plant is so huge that you see it from miles and miles away and everywhere. You easily recognise it from its high chimney. And believe me, it is bigger than you think when you see it from afar, for example from Marine Parade in Bluff or from the Bluff Hill lookout. You already spot it to your left when you drive from Invercargill to Bluff.
Tiwai Point is located at the entrance to Bluff Harbour. There it extends from the western end of the Awarua Plain.
Despite boosting New Zealand’s economy as one of the largest industrial plants in the country, the Aluminium Smelter is highly controversial.
The facility is the largest electricity consumer in New Zealand, and uses approximately one third of the total power of the South Island and 15 per cent of the total power countrywide. To supply the power to the smelter the hydroelectric Manapouri Power Station was built – which again was another hugely controversial project as a lot of land in Fiordland had to be flooded and Lake Manapouri created. Meridian Energy continuously supplies 572 megawatts of electicity for the period 2013 to 2030.
In 2008, Rio Tinto Aluminium was declared the second worst transnational corporation in New Zealand in the so-called Roger Awards. This was due to its threat to close the smelter if the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme went ahead. The smelter emitted about 600,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (measured as carbon dioxide equivalents) in 2010. The corporation itself claimed in 2007 that the smelter was amongst the top five per cent of the world's 250 aluminium smelters in terms of low emissions. Everything is relative – because in 2007 for every tonne of aluminium produced 1.97 tonnes of carbon dioxide was released.
The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is owned by New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited, which is owned by Rio Tinto Aluminium (RTA) (79.36%) and the Sumitomo Chemical Company (20.64%). It opened in 1971. Most of the alumina ore comes from Australia, and most of the aluminium produced from it goes to Japan.
You find more technical details of the facility on the official Rio Tinto website http://www.riotintoalcan.com/ENG/ourproducts/1804_nzas.asp and on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiwai_Point
Tours are conducted up to two times per week (weekdays only). Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. Visitors must be aged 12 and over. Please phone 218-5889 for bookings.
Written Mar 3, 2012
Phone: (03) 218 5889