Bluff Heritage Trail consists of 17 sites and features the life of Bluff’s most famous son, Sir Joseph Ward, with many sites having connections to the Ward family. Joseph Ward began his working life at the age of 13 years. Entering politics in 1878 when he was elected to the Bluff Borough Council, he served as Mayor of Bluff from 1881 - 1888 and again from 1897 - 1898. A member of the Bluff Harbour Board from 1881 - 1917 and serving as chairman from 1883 - 1887 and again from 1893 - 1894. Elected to Parliament as a member for Awarua in 1887 he became a cabinet minister for the first time in 1891. Joseph Ward was Prime Minister between 1906 - 1912 and 1928 - 1930, when he resigned due to poor health, dying later that year.
The trail covers 20kms and as you travel there are many other attractions not to be overlooked. The small Ocean Beach Church on Nichol Road, small craft moored at the head of the harbour, the hill top viewing platform and many magnificent view points to enjoy watching the ever changing moods of the sea. And be sure to take the opportunity of tasting our succulent Bluff oysters and seafood.
The Bluff Heritage Trail is guaranteed to be a half-day well spent.