View from Mt Roberts: Buller Valley, NZ

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Comments (11)

very nice


Greetings from IRAN

jeff_msn123 on May 21, 2011



Cheers from Hong Kong, Jeff

bdeh on May 22, 2011

What a peaceful valley Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 22, 2011

Greetings Mahmood. Thanks for your comments. It is an attractive valley, most of it is still forested.


Ian Stehbens on May 22, 2011

The weather on the West Coast and here in the mountains is so variable that the landscape has many moods. I enjoyed exploring, camera always ready, for the changing light often gave life to the scene. Thanks for your response to this, Jeff.



Ian Stehbens on May 22, 2011

Greetings Berend,

It is a beautiful and peaceful area, painted by the moods of the weather and light.

The low population desnsity of NZ generally means that there are many ares where there are few settlements of any size. Here in the top valleys there has been some history of grazing, but some of the grazing land has been resumed and included in a variety of reserves such as ecological areas, conservation parks, scenic reserves and national parks, quite apart from the gazetted forests.

However it is an area that is earthquake prone, and in living memory there have been some rather severe quakes. The 7.8 Murchison Quake of 1929 was a big one. Though of that large magnitude, only 17 people died as a result, most in a landslide. But the low toll was due to the low population density.


bdeh on May 23, 2011

The density of population in most of the not-coastal parts of Oz is very low too. That's different in the area I live Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on May 24, 2011

You are right, Berend! - we love to cling to our continent's fringes and love our beaches and coastal valleys! I think we leave the inland until we are retired before we explore it, then we hitch up the caravan and live a nomadic existence until we have crossed the Centre, one way or the other, and driven right around the periphery. O, and Dutch explorers are still welcome here!

But back to this attractive valley, it isn't very Dutch is it! No canals, no cities, no ships, no oil rigs, no polders, no old peat diggings and not too many birds.

In friendship,


bdeh on May 24, 2011

You forgot to mention "not too many people" Ian. Greetings Berend

ƤōƝƓ-not going to Vi… on June 4, 2011

Can't stop praising these landscapes.

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Ian Stehbens on June 5, 2011

Magical, wonderful - aren't they? Your awards are an honour.

Thanks for enjoying them with me, Ah-Pong.


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