About Us

“I am a people person. Life is for living and enjoying. Here, I meet adventurous people from all over the world. I have had some great chats. My geography is improving all the time.”

Bluff Lodge is owned and operated by Lex Beal, a Bluff resident who is dedicated to helping visitors make the most of their time in Southland and New Zealand, a place and country he is extremely proud of
.“I want to help overseas travellers enjoy their stay in my part of our beautiful country. For kiwis I want to make their time in my patch a good experience. Bluff is a great wee town. It has great hospitable southern people, good food, good hotels and the best coastal walkway in the south. (I never mention oysters in case they leave none for me!)”

When he’s not on hand to help out visitors at Bluff Lodge, Lex may well be visiting his family around New Zealand or out fishing and hunting with his son.

“As a hunter and fisherman, I relate well to hunters, and have contacts and gear to help those who are coming for the first time or who have forgotten something. If you are contemplating a hunting, fishing or tramping trip, give me a ring. I am happy to help.”

At Bluff Lodge, travellers will find a range of affordable accommodation in the historic Bluff Post Office, right in the heart of this southern fishing town. There are dorms for backpackers, plus private rooms and a family room. There’s also a dorm room with its own table and chairs, open fire, TV,  – perfect for larger groups!

As a former post office, Bluff Lodge has a lockable safe and you can store your gear here while you visit Stewart Island. For just $4 per night, you can leave your car at the lodge too. Ask about our discount packages when booking your Stewart Island travel experience with Bluff Lodge.

Help X and Workaway Helpers

Bluff Lodge welcomes helpers from helpx.com and workaway.info. Through these websites, travellers provide help through the busy summers in return for English language tuition (Lex has TESOL qualifications). In exchange for help around the lodge, travellers also receive their food and accommodation for free – Lex is a pretty good cook, but he likes trying the favourite dishes of travellers too. Hours of work vary, but the maximum is five and often it’s only about three. Lex loves taking time out to introduce helpers to the tracks on Bluff Hill. Along the way, he tells them about the native birds and trees – Lex helped set up the local environment group. Days off can be arranged by mutual agreement and you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a subsidised ferry trip to Stewart Island, see other parts of Southland when he’s out and about. Wi-Fi is available to enable you to keep in touch with the rest of the world.