The latest range of New Zealand 2016 Scenic Definitive stamps features eight attractions from around New Zealand focusing indescribably beautiful places.
New Zealand is famous the world over for its picture-perfect attractions, from the natural to the manmade.
The places featured on stamps are, the Church of the Good Shepherd, Chatham Islands, Awaroa Bay, Marlborough, Dunedin Railway Station and Te Mata Peak.
The stamps are an addition to the existing Scenic Definitives range and are designed to accommodate the changes in postage rates from 1 July 2016.
There are six gummed and two self-adhesive stamps to simplify the sending experience.
New Zealand 2016 Scenic Definitive stamps
40c – Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo (gummed)
Built on the shores of Lake Tekapo in 1935, the Church of the Good Shepherd is an iconic New Zealand location. This interdenominational church is a popular tourist destination, with people travelling from all over New Zealand and abroad to see the stunning views from within the church and to get married against the idyllic backdrop.
80c – Chatham Islands (gummed)
The Chatham Islands sit around 840 kilometres east of Christchurch and are home to incredibly rare flora and fauna. They’re an archipelago of 11 islands with a population of approximately 600, but only Chatham Island and Pitt Island are inhabited.
$2.20 – Awaroa Bay, Abel Tasman Scenic Reserve (gummed and self-adhesive)
Awaroa Bay recently made headlines for being the subject of a national crowdfunding campaign. Situated in the Abel Tasman Scenic Reserve, this area offers sunshine, crystal-clear waters and access to some of the best hiking in the country.
$2.70 – Marlborough (gummed and self-adhesive)
The picturesque region of Marlborough is best known for its wine, specifically its sauvignon blanc. With world-class food and wine and beautiful scenic walks and hikes, Marlborough attracts tourists from home and abroad year-round.
$3.30 – Dunedin Railway Station (gummed)
Designed by Sir George Troup, this visually striking building was opened in 1906 and is designed in the Flemish Renaissance style. Troup was nicknamed ‘Gingerbread George’ for the eclectic and unusual architectural style of the station. At the height of the station’s popularity, it was handling up to 100 trains per day.
$3.80 – Te Mata Peak, Hawke’s Bay (gummed)
Loved by tourists and locals alike, Te Mata Peak offers a view of Hawke’s Bay like no other. Sitting at nearly 400 metres above sea level, the peak is named for a legend about a giant named Te Mata and is referred to by the locals as ‘the giant amongst us’.
Admire New Zealand’s attractions with the first day cover
The first day cover includes the six gummed stamps and the two self-adhesive stamps from this issue.
The image on the first day cover is of the majestic Blue Lake at Tongariro National Park, where you can see Mount Tongariro, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu (obscured).
This first day cover pays tribute to the wonders of New Zealand’s attractions and is perfect for any scenic or New Zealand stamp collection.
Title: New Zealand 2016 Scenic Definitive stamps
Date of Issue: 18 May 2016
Country: New Zealand
Denominations: 40c, 80c, $2.20, $2.70 $3.30, $3.80. Self-adhesive: $2.00, $2.70
Source: New Zealand Stamps