Spectacular scenery, dramatic photography and stylish design combine in New Zealand Post’s 2004 Scenic Definitives stamps.
Released on 22 March 2004 were two new stamps for our Scenic Definitives collection which captured two of New Zealand's favourite tourist destinations. The 45c Scenic Definitives stamp took us to the ocean-side township of Kaikoura on the South Island's eastern coastline. Long a service centre for the local fishing industry, innovative entrepreneurship has seen the township become an internationally renowned whale-watching destination. Further south, the $1.35 stamp featured the Church of the Good Shepherd, a beautiful chapel which is a simple stone structure located with breathtakingly dramatic effect against the backdrop of the turquoise glacial Lake Tekapo that has become a sought after wedding venue.
The 45c stamp was available in sheets of 100, while the $1.35 stamp was available in sheets of 50.
The 2004 Scenic Denifitives stamps were displayed on the first day cover against a stunning image of Kaikoura at sunrise - a fitting compliment to the entire stamp issue.
Product Listing for 2004 Scenic Definitives
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|Date of issue:||22 March 2004|
|Number of stamps:||Three|
|Denominations and designs:||45c Kaikoura (whale) gummed and self-adhesive, $1.35 Lake Tekapo (Church of the Good Shepherd)|
|Stamps designed by:||CommArts Design, Wellington|
|Printer:||Gummed: 45c, Southern Colour Print, Dunedin; $1.35, Walsall Security Printers, UK; Self-adhesive: 45c, SNP Sprint, Australia|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||30mm x 25mm (horizontal)|
|Perforation gauge:||45c gummed: 14; $1.35: 14.39 x 13.99; Self-adhesive: diecut|
|Paper type:||45c & $1.35 gummed: Tulliss Russell 104g red phosphor gummed stamp paper; 45c self-adhesive, dispensers and coils: CPI C90 self-adhesive paper; Sheets and booklets: CPI paper C100 self-adhesive paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||Gummed: 45c - 100, $1.35 - 50; Self-adhesive: 100|
|Number of stamps per coil:||100|
|Number of stamps per booklet:||10|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 21 March 2005.|