Is it a quest to explore our mental and physical limits? To challenge - and overcome - the forces of nature? To experience new and undiscovered thrill sensations? Whatever the reason, people around the world have turned to the outdoors to experience the life-defining moments offered by extreme sports.
Throwing caution to the wind, people are defying Nature's extremes in the search for an adrenaline-packed, spine-tingling, often absolutely terrifying adventure and they're finding it in a tiny country that has become known as extreme New Zealand.
A Thrill-Seeker's Dream
New Zealand's geography offers everything an extreme sports fanatic could ask for - huge skies, rushing rivers, pristine snow and much, much more. Our first day cover illustrated them all, featuring the five stamps in one action-packed location.
You could buy awe-inspiring stamp images as maximum cards (pre-paid souvenir cards) - special souvenir collectables that were great as a complete set of five.
You could read more about the history of extreme sports as well as the stamps themselves in the miniature sheet booklet. The booklet incorporated six unique miniature sheets which were only available in the booklet - five with one stamp and one incorporating all five stamps. It provided a fascinating glimpse of the danger and spectacle of life on the edge.
Product Listing for Extreme Sports
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|Date of issue:||1 December 2004|
|Number of stamps:||Five|
|Denominations and designs:||45c Whitewater rafting, 90c Snowsports, $1.35 Skydiving, $1.50 Jet boating, $2.00 Bungy jumping|
|Designer:||CommArts Design, Wellington|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours plus a metallic silver|
|Stamp size and format:||45c, $1.35, $1.50: 40mm x 30mm (landscape); 90c $2.00: 30mm x 40mm (portrait)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor stamp paper|
|Stamps per sheet:||50|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode, value blocks and logo blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 30 November 2005.|