24 June 2019
New Zealand Post has released the designs for its new Scenic Definitives, which will accomodate this year's postal rate increase.
The four stamps feature well-loved New Zealand outdoor scenes, including Dunedin Railway, originally issued in 2016.
The first of the stamps is a $2.60 featuring Escarpment Walkway at Paekakariki. This popular coastal trail is made up of steep staircases, narrow paths and swing bridges. Walkers are rewarded by its stunning outlook over an expansive seascape, with Kāpiti Island to the north and the Marlborough Sounds to the south.
Next is Dunedin Railway Station ($3.30). Designed by Sir George Troup, this visually striking building was opened in 1906 and is designed in the Flemish Renaissance style. At the height of the station’s popularity, it handled up to 100 trains per day.
The third value is a $3.90, showing Banks Peninsula at Canterbury. This formerly volcanic peninsula juts from the Canterbury coast between Pegasus Bay and the Canterbury Bight. It encompasses two large harbours and numerous bays and coves teeming with marine wildlife, including the world's smallest and rarest dolphin.
Finally, we see Shotover River at Otago on a $4.50 A former hub of the gold rush, Shotover River is still a destination for small-time gold seekers, but today is primarily used for commercial jet boating and white-water rafting.
To order the stamps, visit the New Zealand Post website.
Issue date: 5 June 2019
Printer: Southern Colour Print
Print process: Offset lithography
Stamp size: 30mm x 25mm
(images copyright New Zealand Post)