Inspiration and Variety in Bluff New Zealand

One of the many benefits of planning your own itinerary when visiting a foreign country and doing a self-drive tour is being able to visit some areas not often frequented by tourists. This article shares some of the inspiration and variety we found in Bluff, New Zealand.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

The town of Bluff is located on the South Island of New Zealand and is situated about 30 kilometres (~18.6 miles) south of Invercargill. It is one of those out-of-the-way gems that is often overlooked.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/640, ISO-160

It is the site of some of the earliest European settlement in New Zealand and you’ll find some beautiful sea views along the rocky coastline.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

There are a few beaches in the area which can be accessed by way of pathways and stairs, yielding some interesting perspectives.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/800, ISO-160

There is also a small lighthouse that helps protect local shipping, and provides some opportunities for architectural photography.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-160

A chain sculpture which symbolizes the Maori view that Stewart Island is anchored to the South Island, also provides photographic opportunities. There are tours to Stewart Island which depart from Bluff.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

If you visit Bluff make sure to include some explorations at Bluff Hill / Motupohue. You’ll find some wide angle views looking back over the town, and on a clear day you’ll be able to see Stewart Island.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160

There are a number of information panels that chronicle the local history. These are situated along the walkway leading up to the lookout area. I enjoyed using the curved walkway and handrails as elements in some compositions.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/50, ISO-1600

If you have the time you can also explore some of the forest hiking trails that radiate from Bluff Hill/Motupohue. They range in length from 45 minutes to about 2 hours.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

Bluff is a ruggedly beautiful and historic part of New Zealand. If you have the time when in the Invercargill area it is a great destination to add to your itinerary.

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Technical Note:
All photographs were captured hand-held in available light using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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4 thoughts on “Inspiration and Variety in Bluff New Zealand”

  1. Great shots as always, Tom. Noticed several where both the fore and background were in very clear focus. Have to ask what focus modes were you using for those results.

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