After a night of continuous heavy rain and strong wind gusts, we were a little slow leaving this morning but were soon on our way to Bluff. The settlement dates back to 1824 when it was foundered by James Spencer. The largest industry here now is the Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter at the entrance to Bluff Harbour. The company which is one of New Zealand's largest industrial facilities and employs a large number of the population here. The power is supplied by the Manapouri Power Station which is on our must see list.
BluffBluff Aluminium smelter, Tiwai Point.The now closed Ocean Beach freezing works between the two inlets.Stewart Island seen from Bluff Hill.We've been everywhere.Bluff Oyster boat Southern Enterprise returning with a days dredgings.Oyster boat Monica II at the Maritime Museum Bluff.The working deck of oyster boat, Monica II.Stirling Point lighthouse, Bluff.Tonight's evening meal. A Dozen Bluff Oysters. Yum.