New Zealand post issued a set of stamps of A Tiki Tour of New Zealand around Aotearoa. A Tiki Tour of New Zealand No.2 takes you on another fascinating road trip around Aotearoa. As you wind your way around the country with caravan in tow, you’ll discover the landmarks, activities, culture and history that make Aotearoa such a great place to explore.
Your ‘Tiki Tour’ starts here!
Start up north where there’s a bloke holding a sign that says ‘Go’ and you’ll soon be amongst the great kauri forest, and picturesque Bay of Islands. While you’re there, why not take in some history at the meeting place of P?keh? and M?ori peoples, and perhaps even sail through the hole in the rock at Cape Brett?
As you reach the City of Sails, you’ll come across the iconic Harbour Bridge. Carry on through the Coromandel – known for its beaches as well as its pottery – and you’ll soon reach the mighty Waikato, where equestrian activities take pride of place.
Taranaki is dairy country and also a great place to catch a wave – perhaps you’ll spot a surfing cow! Stop in for some trout fishing at Taupo or experience the thermal wonderland of Rotorua before reaching the East Coast – an area that combines art deco architecture with fabulous vineyards and orchards.
In the nation’s capital, the Beehive is hard to miss. You might not dine on the tail of a Kaikoura whale, but you can’t pass through without experiencing the café culture and fine dining on which Wellington prides itself.
Cross the Cook Strait to the fantastic scuba diving spots of the Abel Tasman region, before immersing yourself in the Marlborough wine country. Experience the Cantabrian spirit in New Zealand’s garden city before taking on a little adventure in Queenstown – whether it’s bungy jumping or jet boating, you’ll need to hold on to your hat!
Farther south, take in a match at Dunedin’s new stadium or sing a little country music in Gore. Why not do some seal-spotting while you’re there and maybe even venture over to Stewart Island for a touch of fishing? But whatever happens, be sure to take it easy and enjoy the scenery!
You may have reached the sign that says ‘Stop’, but the journey’s not over! Take the Tiki Tour again and you’ll discover even more unique sights that make up the land us Kiwis call home.
Title: A Tiki Tour of New Zealand No.2
Date of Issue: 4 July 2012
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 20 x 70c