Bluff Hill

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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,580 contributions
One of those "when in....." moments. Treated to a stunning sky on the way, we headed straight for the hill.
Written 28 June 2022
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Sus1952
Palmerston North, New Zealand2,074 contributions
We drove up Bluff Hill and it was well worth the drive. The circular monument at the top is magnificent with its timeline which I throughly enjoyed reading as I walked up to the top. Choose a good clear day as there is a fantastic 360 degree view from the top all very clearly explained with the circular information board.
Written 1 March 2022
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Kiwiseley
Auckland Central, New Zealand390 contributions
It was a beautiful day, so the views were always going to be stunning. Surprisingly when we got to the carpark it was largely empty. The photos tell the story.
Written 23 February 2021
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kestonr2018
Wellington, New Zealand199 contributions
Family
We had a great walk up Bluff Hill a few days ago. You would need to pick your weather with this one I think, but if like us you strike it lucky I would really encourage you to do more in Bluff than drive to Sterling Point and take the obligatory few photos of the signpost and view of the eastern portion of Stewart Island you can see at the lookout a few steps from the signpost.

For one thing, you can see a lot more of Stewart Island from the top and around the point.

We went up the walkway beside the restaurant to the gun emplacements. We then took the Topuni Track to the top. The initial part of the track to the gun emplacements is relatively steep. It then flattens out a bit before taking you up three sections of the hill, each interspersed with flatter parts of the track. The final section, as someone else has said, ends with quite a few stairs. Once you hit these you are almost there. At the top, walk around the carpark until you see the entry to the circular walkway up to the lookout point.

On the way down we took the Millennium Track to Lookout Point, and we then walked around Fouveaux Walkway back to Sterling Point. All up the walk was just over 8km, with a climb of just over 290 metres in total and took us just under three hours with quite a long lunch stop included at the top. The climb appeared to be much more gentle in the direction we travelled.

The walk is very varied. Near the bottom there are the gun emplacements and Thee are accompanied by informative information boards on the history of the area which also illustrate the regrowth of the Bush which has occurred. Further up and at the higher levels on the way down you walk in southern rata forest. In January the ground was red with their flowers in many places, which was awesome. As you get further down the Millennium Track the vegetation turns to flax. I would disagree with one other poster about the view from the top. I think it is spectacular. Bluff Hill is the highest point for miles around. You can see out to Stewart Island and surrounding islands (which many don’t even realise exist), right around to the South Island’s actual most southern point which is Slope Point in the east. You can also see west towards Fiordland. The Tiwai Point aluminium smelter is in the view, but most New Zealanders will be aware that this, possibly soon to be historic, site is the largest user of electricity in the country and its huge role in Southland’s economy and was also instrumental in the hydro developments you will see north west of Invercargill at Manapouri. The beach running along the front of it is also long and beautiful.

If you get a good day, definitely check this out. You can drive to the top but we found a walk was much more satisfying!
Written 16 January 2021
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kiwiinlisbon
Tauranga, New Zealand40 contributions
Great views and worth a drive up, but what a shame the local council has let this get so untidy. Overgrown with weeds and the signage is faded.
Written 6 January 2021
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ChrisandDavid2016
Feilding, New Zealand169 contributions
Sadly it was not a clear sunny day when we visited and Stewart Island was not visible. It is a windy, steep road to get to the top and then a spiral walk to get to the top. It was windy with spots of rain, but there are information boards to read walking up and places of interest highlighted at the top, which would have been better for us on a clearer day. You can't come to Bluff without driving up the hill to see the view - even on a bad day but wrap up warm!
Written 20 December 2020
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mgreaney2018
Wellington, New Zealand94 contributions
I loved the well planned spiral walkway to the look out with information boards on the way up. Beautiful vegetation and stunning views from the top. It was a clear blue sky when we were there and we seemed to be able to see forever.
Written 13 November 2020
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,072 contributions
Family
Great views over to Stewart Island. We started off at the sign and did the big loop. Beautiful views from this point. Walk 30 seconds down the path down to the gun sites. If you get lucky a robin will follow you.
Written 6 October 2020
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sunshine54904170409
Auckland, New Zealand47 contributions
We were very lucky to experience this magnificent view on a cloudless day. If you are an inexperienced driver, the road up and back could be a challenge. Well worth the trip
Written 1 September 2020
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Mike71553
Sharon, MA596 contributions
Friends
Great lookout on the southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. Very steep drive up and Down. Make sure you can operate your low gears on the car before going up. . Also when you get back down to the main road turn right and go to the end where there is one of those poles with cities and distances.
Written 27 February 2020
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