Bluff oysters are said to be the most flavoursome in the world because they are slowly grown in the cold, clean waters of Foveaux Strait until they are large, plump and juicy.
The oysters from Bluff are reputed to have aphrodisiac qualities. Although no specific research currently exists to support this, they contain high levels of zinc which assists with hormone regulation and may increase libido.
The official oyster harvesting season runs from March until June or July – depending on when the yearly quota is reached.
The salty seaside town of Bluff is home to the fleet of oyster boats and the main gateway to Stewart Island – New Zealand’s third largest island.
Bluff is the oldest European settled town in New Zealand and offers fascinating maritime history.