Havelock, the Mussel Processing Centre in the Marlborough Sounds, NZ

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Comments (9)

bdeh on May 9, 2011

Great picture Ian, I saw at the map that this is a huge inlet. Greetings Berend

jeff_msn123 on May 9, 2011

Another excellent shot. LIKE

Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

Buts Yuri on May 10, 2011

Wonderful landscape! LIKE! Greetings from Ukraine. Yuri.

ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on May 11, 2011

I didn't know there are sounds in the northernmost tip of South Island too. I would like to explore these sounds as well, apart from Fjordland in the south. Thanks for sharing.

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Ian Stehbens on May 12, 2011

Greetings Berend.

Yes, this region includes two great rias (submerged river valleys) which are locally called sounds: Queen Charlotte Sound and Pelorus Sound. This view is of the upper end of Pelorus Sound.

As a visitor, I chose to cruise these sounds on the mail boats. The Post Office has a mail delivery service to those who have chosen to dwell remotely around the Sound, many of the homes having no road access to the rest of the world, and therefore depend on such a service. The boat is now referred to as the 'Mail Run'. Historically it was the 'Cream Run' for once there was a butter factory in Pelorus Sound to which the dairy farms that were scattered in the sounds sent their cream.

More images taken during the Mail Run will be uploaded for you to enjoy.



Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

Thank you Jeff. You are a great encourager, and I appreciate that. It actually reminds me of some of the landscapes of Hong Kong, believe it ir not. Lantau and all that out there, for exmple.



Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

Dear Annie,

The deep inlets and isolated valleys among the hills of the Marlborough district in NZ make for a very attractive and interesting area, with intertesting history as well. I am pleased that you have appreciated this through my photo.

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

Thanks Yuri. This is a very different from Ukraine's extensive landscapes. Here the "sounds" with their many bays and long inlets provide many corners and bays where people can isolate themselves whilst being surrounded by beauty.

Greetings from Brisbane,


Ian Stehbens on May 13, 2011

You must now spend a little time looking at and enjoying the map of South Island, Ah-Pong, and imagining all the interesting places you can go. But when you do travel to NZ, you will need quite a long time to enjoy all that you have dreamt about already. Thanks for the appreciation of this area and the photo.


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