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1987 Tourism in New Zealand

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New Zealand does not have centuries-old castles, quaint cobbled streets and immense cosmopolitan cities. It does have clear skies, sparkling rivers, lakes and mountains, lush farms and superb forests - unpolluted by belching industrial smokestacks and unspoiled by the pressure of big populations.

Issue information

Tourism is a high profile, growth industry.  Facilities are bursting at the seams with foreign tourists, and investors and developers have responded by pouring millions of dollars into new hotels and other facilities at holiday resorts.  There is an ever increasing number of tourists seeking outdoor adventure in New Zealand so in 1987 the Post Office played its part in promoting New Zealand overseas by issuing a set of six tourism stamps.  The theme of the stamps underlines a significant development in New Zealand tourism.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 36 in September 1986.

Acknowledgments: Bulletin scanned and provided by John Biddlecombe of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link:

Product Listing for 1987 Tourism in New Zealand

Image Title Description Price
  Single Stamp

Single 60c 'Jetboating' gummed stamp.

The jetboat was invented in New Zealand, and for 20 years has thrilled passengers by skimming along shallow rivers.

  Single Stamp

Single 70c 'Flightseeing' gummed stamp.

A "Flightseeing" tour gives visitors a bird's eye view of mountains and glaciers, or cities and coastlines.

  Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Campervan' gummed stamp.

Travel by campervan is one way to see the country at your own pace. Fully equipped camping grounds are located throughout New Zealand.

  Single Stamp

Single 85c 'Windsurfing' gummed stamp.

Windsurfing is catching on fast in a country where surfing is established. No part of New Zealand is very far from an ocean.

  Single Stamp

Single $1.05 'Climbers' gummed stamp.

Climbers find no shortage of challenging peaks in New Zealand, with a choice of mixed rock and ice routes in Mt Cook and Westland National Parks, or volcanic peaks in the North Island.

  Single Stamp

Single $1.30 'Rafting' gummed stamp.

Rafting has an image of being strictly for thrill-seeking, fit, young adventurers, but it is also an activity enjoyed by family groups.

  First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $5.53

Technical information

Date of issue:  14 January 1987
Denominations: 60c, 70c, 80c, 85c, $1.05, $1.30
Designer: Michael J. Wyatt, Queenstown
Printer and process: Leigh-Mardon Pty Ltd, Australia; Lithography
Stamp size and format: 40mm x 28mm (vertical)
Number of stamps per sheet:  100 (10 rows of 10)
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 30 April 1988.
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