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Bluff Hill Regeneration Project

Blacks Fasteners are proud to be supporting a new Conservation Project - building a nursery to support the regeneration of Bluff Hill in Southland.

This large community project is being undertaken in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and the Bluff Hill / Motupohue Environment Trust which was formed in early 2008 by Bluff residents concerned about the restoration of the natural environment on Bluff Hill.

About Bluff Hill

Bluff Hill is a significant geographical landmark of Southland. The hill rises 265m from the sea and on a fine day it can be seen from as far away as Fiordland. Excluding the town, the hill encompasses approximately 630 hectares of land, which is connected to the mainland by a 300m wide isthmus at Ocean Beach. Bluff is a diverse hill, comprised of a wide variety of habitat types: puggy farmland, gorse, pine forest, regenerating native scrub, and a beautiful patch of original podocarp/kamahi forest with much rata, rimu, miro and totara to name a few species.

Three different groups own the land; Invercargill City Council, Department of Conservation (DOC), and Ocean Beach Properties Ltd. The most ecologically valuable land is administered by DOC. Bluff Hill is a Topuni site and as such is an area of great importance to Ngai Tahu. The Hill is very well used by walkers, runners and mountain bikers; there are extensive walking tracks, and the only downhill mountain bike tracks in easy reach of Invercargill. The stunning coastline is valued by divers and shore fishermen alike for its rugged beauty, kaimoana and easy access (via the walking tracks).

Follow State Highway One as far south as you can go and you'll get to the township of Bluff. It's one of NZ's oldest towns with the first ship's arrival recorded in 1813 and settlement starting in 1824 due to sealing and whaling. Prior to European settlement the main Maori settlement was on nearby Ruapuke Island. Bluff is now a maritime town with much of its employment relying upon the sea in various forms.

The geographical layout of Bluff with its narrow land bridge makes pest control ecologically sustainable, cost effective and most of all, achievable. There are few remnants of coastal Podocarp/Kamahi/Rata forest left on the mainland and few as accessible and popular as Bluff Hill. Visitors come through Bluff on their way to Stewart Island; many stay and explore the historical sights, walk the tracks and admire the views. As proud Bluff residents we want our visitors and our future generations to enjoy the uniqueness of Bluff Hill as it should be: a thriving ecosystem abundant with birds and with as few introduced predators as possible.

To visit the Bluff Hill / Motupohue Environment Trust website Click Here

For more information about The Bluff Hill / Motupohue Environment Trust Click Here to download a PDF

 


We're proud to see the new information signs being erected by Bluff Hill / Motupohue Environment Trust at the entrance to four of the project walkways.

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