Join us on another classic Kiwi road trip with the A Tiki Tour of New Zealand No.2 stamp issue.
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.
The 20 x 70c stamps on this quirky sheet give a light-hearted view of regions up, down and across New Zealand’s unique landscape.
Your 'Tiki Tour' Starts Here!
Starting up north there’s a bloke holding a sign that says ‘Go’ and you will soon be amongst the great kauri forest, and picturesque Bay of Islands. While there, why not take in some history at the meeting place of Pākehā and Māori 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.
The 20 stamps were also available on a set of three first day covers - the perfect way to complete your Tiki Tour collection.
Product Listing for A Tiki Tour of New Zealand No.2
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|Date of issue:||4 July 2012|
|Number of stamps:||20 gummed stamps|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Assignment Group, Wellington, New Zealand; Designer, Geoff Francis; Illustrator, Evan Purdie|
|Denominations:||20 x 70c|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus Synseal spot overgloss|
|Stamp size and format:||35mm x 40.6mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||20|
|Perforation gauge:||14.286 x 14.286|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks, A and B barcode blocks, and logo and value blocks were supplied as one sheet of 20 stamps.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 3 July 2014.|