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Mountain Scenes

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The 1973 Scenic stamp issue depicted several New Zealand mountains.

Issue information

Mitre Peak - 6c
The peak was named for its resemblance to the shape of the bishop's mitre or head-dress in 1851.  Mitre Peak, rising 1,695 metres above the waters of Milford Sound, presents its most striking face to the guests at the Milford Hotel from where the picture featured is taken.  Closer inspection of the peak reveals its myriad waterfalls fed by the high rainfall in the area.

Mt Ngauruhoe - 8c
Mt Ngauruhoe, most active of New Zealand's volcanoes rises 2,286 metres in the snow playground of Tongariro National Park in the centre of the North Island.  Together with Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu it stands sentinel over the forestry centre and water playground of Lake Taupo.

Mt Sefton - 18c
The ice-encrusted precipices of Mt Sefton named by Maori Maunga Atua - Mountain of the Gods - rise 2,134 metres to its 3,155 metres summit.  When viewed from the South Island tourist resort of The Hermitage the view of Mt Sefton surpasses that of Mt Cook.  Mt Sefton is noted for its avalanches.

Burnett Range - 23c
The Burnett Range lies between the Tasman and Jollie Rivers in the foothills of New Zealand's Southern Alps and is visible from the Mt Cook tourist resort, The Hermitage.

Stamp bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 8 in August 1972.

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: 5 December 1973
Designers: D A Hatcher, Auckland
Printers: Joh Enschedé, Netherlands
Stamp Size: 31.5mm x 34.8mm
Sheet Size: 100 stamps per sheet
Process: Photogravure
Perforation Gauge: 13.5 x 14
Paper Type: Chalk surfaced, unwatermarked
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