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Scenic Bays

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A remnant of a continent long since lost into the depths of the ocean, New Zealand is alone and isolated. Its geographical position places it at a greater distance from continental masses than any other island of similar size. Surrounded on all sides by the sea, New Zealand displays a long, narrow country enjoying approximately 6,900 kilometres of coastline. The landscapes vary from pure drama to breathtaking beauty and provide New Zealanders with numerous leisure activities.

Issue information

The magnificent strength of the ocean is in evidence on broken shorelines, thundering onto the long stretches of isolated, remote beaches and crashing around rugged capes.  Deep water harbours add their own dramatic touches in contrast to the sheltered inlets and calm bays where the water laps in idle rhythm.  Highways border much of the coast and provide spectacular travelling around the country.  Coach or car take you from subtropical Northland with its sheltered bays rimmed with crimson-flowering pohutukawa trees to the drama of Fiordland with its towering cliffs and deep waters.

The beauty and tranquillity of New Zealand's coastal scenery is depicted in this stamp issue.  Two bays in both the North and South Islands are featured.

A miniature sheet featuring a full scene of Wainui Bay with the 80c stamp perforated in the centre of the sheet was released with this issue.  Proceeds from the sale of the miniature sheet went to supporting 'New Zealand 1990' World Stamp Exhibition held in Auckland 24 August - 2 September 1990.

Miniature Sheet - $1.20

The miniature sheet released with this issue was also produced with a Stockholmia '86 overprint to mark New Zealand Post's attendance at the Stockholmia '86 World Philatelic Exhibition in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stamp Bulletin

This stamp issue first appeared in New Zealand Post Stamp Bulletin No. 35 in April 1986.

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:

Product Listing for Scenic Bay

Image Title Description Price
  Single Stamp

Single 55c 'Knights Point' gummed stamp.

A favourite lookout spot on the southern West Coast of the South Island. Beneath the point the bush slopes steeply to a golden sand beach and in the water itself are interesting pinnacle shaped rocks.

  Single Stamp

Single 60c 'Beck's Bay' gummed stamp.

An attractive view from the coast road from Picton to Havelock. One of the many attractive and secluded bays in the Marlborough Sounds.

  Single Stamp

Single 65c 'Doubtless Bay' gummed stamp.

A large curving bay on the Pacific coast north of Mangonui Harbour, Northland. This region is noted for its beautiful scenery, warm climate and sandy beaches.

  Single Stamp

Single 80c 'Wainui Bay' gummed stamp.

A small bay also on the Pacific coast of Northland. One of many sheltered bays setting a scene for recreational activities.

  Miniature Sheet

Mint. used or cancelled miniature sheet.

Incorporating the 80c Wainui Bay stamp the sheet was issued in support of New Zealand 1990 World Philatelic Exhibition.

  First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $2.77

Technical information

Date of issue:  11 June 1986
Denominations: 55c, 60c, 65c, 80c
Miniature sheet: $1.20. Full scene of Wainui Bay with the 80c stamp scene perforarted in the centre of the miniature sheet.
Designer: Mr P.J. Durrant, Christchurch
Printer and process: Heraclio Fournier SA, Spain; Photogravure
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 36.2mm (horizontal)
Miniature sheet size: 123mm x 99mm
Number of stamps per sheet: 100 (10 rows of 10 stamps)
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 10 June 1987.
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