During my discovery of New Zealand's south island - nothing called stronger than the rumbles in my belly. This is how and why I fought to find the famous fishing port of 'Bluff'; just south of Invercargill.
Not only did I enjoy the Southland's scrumptious seafood, but I got to drive the rugged coastline that joins these two town's together - attracting thousands of nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts each year.
When to visit?
If you're like me and searching for the famous Bluff oysters - which are said to be the best in the world - oyster season runs from April to August. In May, the locals even put on a lively festival to honour the Ostrea chilensis (that’s Latin for Bluff oyster) which I unfortunately missed by a matter of weeks!
What should I see?
In Bluff, the maritime museum has exhibits that focus on whaling, oystering and shipwrecks. If you're looking for a meseum with a real difference, check out the E Hayes and Sons - The World's Fastest Indian exibition in Invercargill. As the towns top tourist attraction on Trip Advisor, this remarkable vintage motorvehicle collection also showcases the story of 'The World's Fastest Indian' and the legend behind it, Burt Munro.
What else is nearby?
Invercargill is the main departure point for Stewart Island, home to 400 residents and 20,000 kiwis... (the birds). With 240 kilometres of treks it is a walker’s paradise - with fine fishing, flora and fauna as well.