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Bluff (27 km south of Invercargill) is New Zealand’s southernmost town, and Southland’s port. Today the town is best known for the Bluff Oyster and Food festival held every May – a celebration of the nationally-loved delicacy which includes oyster-opening and -eating competitions. Te Rau Aroha marae, of the Awarua Rūnanga of the Ngāi Tahu tribe, is located in Bluff.

Meaning of place name
Known to Māori as Motupōhue, the English name comes from the high hill, or bluff, that dominates the town and the harbour. Although known as Bluff since the 1820s, it was not officially recognised by this name until 1917. For many years it was known as Port Macquarie after Lachlan Macquarie, an early governor of New South Wales and when the township was surveyed it became Campbeltown.