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Forest Parks

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Four of New Zealand's most beautiful forest parks featured in this series of stamps.

Issue information

Lake Sumner Forest Park - 6c
Eighty miles north of Christchurch, forming a spectacular backdrop to Lake Sumner, lie the forests and mountains of Lake Sumner State Forest Park.  In a track of 74,000 hectares occupying the catchments of the Hope and Upper Hurunui Rivers extending to the main divide, all the ingredients are present for extensive public recreation.  From stark eroded mountain peaks, snow capped in winter, through alpine herb fields, red, silver and mountain beech forests, the tramper and hunter can find pleasure in the tranquillity and beauty of the landscape.

North West Nelson Forest Park - 8c
This State Forest Park lies in the north west corner of the South Island with its nearest boundary from Nelson City 65 kilometres due west.  The park, incorporating 8 State Forests, totals 358,841 hectares including 10,927 hectares of crown land and scenic reserve.  Approximately 83 percent of the total area is under a forest cover.  The remainder consists of rocky peaks, alpine herb fields and lowland pakihi scrub associations.  Two well known tramping routes in the park are the Heaphy and the Wangapeka Tracks.  The North West Nelson Forest Park was designated a national park in 1996; renamed Kahurangi National Park.

Kaweka Forest Park - 18c
This park of 61,000 hectares, lies in the Kaweka Ranges east of the Ngaruroro River, 65 kilometres north east of Napier.  This park was gazetted in January 1974.  The Ngaruroro and Mohaka Rivers are stocked with trout, but the fishing potential is relatively untapped.

Coromandel Forest Park - 23c
The 65,000 hectare Coromandel Forest Park was created in 1971.  The forest is predominately rimu and tawa but there are also kauri, miro, totara, kahikatea, matai, pukatea, rewarewa, towai, hinau and kohekohe.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 14 in September 1975.

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:

Technical information

Date of Issue: 4 June 1975
Designers: M Chapman, Christchurch
Printers: Joh Enschedé, Netherlands
Stamp Size: 38.9mm x 34.4mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 13.5
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked
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