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Southland

Southland is New Zealand's southernmost region with one city, Invercargill and main townships of Gore, Winton and Lumsden. The region is home to Fiordland National Park and includes Stewart Island, much of which is set aside as Rakiura National Park.

Bluff

Bluff is a town and seaport located in the Southland region on the southern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The town is at the end of a peninsula which forms the western side of Bluff Harbour and Awarua Bay, with the port located in the relatively narrow entrance channel. Bluff is on State Highway One, which terminates one kilometre to the south of the town at Stirling Point. Bluff is 30 km by road from Invercargill. Bluff is also the southern terminus of the South Island Main Trunk Railway. Contrary to a popular misconception, Bluff is not the southernmost point on the New Zealand mainland. That honour goes to Slope Point, some 50 km east of Bluff. It is, however, the southernmost town in the South Island. Bluff is dominated by Bluff Hill, an extinct volcanic cone which provides some shelter from the prevailing westerly winds. Across the channel from Bluff is Tiwai Point, home to New Zealand's only aluminium smelter and its wharf. Bluff Harbour is the terminus for the twice daily catamaran ferry to Stewart Island located 60 km south across Foveaux Strait. 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.

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Accommodations

Fiordland Lodge - Te Anau

Set in a World Heritage area Fiordland Lodge offers the discerning traveller comfort and privacy. The elegance and splendour of the Lodge is mirrored in the breathtaking views of Lake Te Anau and Fiordland. The open architecture of Fiordland Lodge reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park. Echoes of the forest are found in the striking natural timber construction.

Stewart Island Lodge

An unspoiled Island retreat nestled in the natural beauty of a bush setting in Halfmoon Bay, Stewart Island Lodge has unsurpassed views of the bay and surrounding hills. The large garden is host to many native birds, including native parrots, and many birds can be viewed right from the terrace. The Lodge provides a very high standard of comfort, with all the rooms having an ensuite, with bath and shower, hair dryer, shampoo and conditioner, etc.

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