Join us on a journey through the sights and sounds of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Along the way you’ll discover the unique kiwi culture and diverse landscapes which have lead New Zealanders to refer to this beautiful nation as A Slice of Heaven.
As you delve into this colourful stamp issue, you’ll discover famous city attractions such as Auckland’s Sky Tower, Wellington’s Cable Car, and the Christchurch Cathedral. The natural beauty of New Zealand is hard to escape as you take in the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, ski up a storm at the alpine resort of Queenstown, and enjoy the stunning coastlines along the way.
Weaving in and out of the landscape, you’ll stumble across rural New Zealand in the form of farms, vineyards, local sports games, holiday spots, Maraes and close-knit communities. It’s these aspects of the nation that make up every day New Zealand, and that contribute to the unique ‘kiwi’ culture.
Journey Through Paradise
Start your journey at Mount Ruapehu (third stamp down, left hand side) and you'll soon find yourself rowing up the mighty Waikato River. Continue with a punt on Christchurch's Avon, then immerse yourself in the Huka Falls and the glorious Lake Taupo where water sports are in full force. If you make it out the other side you'll ground to a halt at the typical one-lane bridge (where everyone is trying to get to their holiday destination at the same time you are!). Then it's down the Shotover River, past the thrill-seeking tourists and finally to the Rakaia River and out to sea.
Along the way you'll have discovered the beauty and character of this country we call New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven.
Immerse Yourself in Our Slice of Heaven
As you immersed yourself in the diverse landscape that is New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven, you could have a go at finding some of these hidden gems:
Collectables Celebrating Our Unique Kiwi Culture and Diverse Landscapes
A Slice of Heaven comprises a sheet of 25 x 60c stamps that reflect New Zealand's culture, heritage and various iconic locations. Each stamp showed a distinct snapshot of the country and together the stamps form a unique image that captures a day in the life of New Zealand.
A set of three first day covers was also available as part of the issue. Additionally, each stamp sheet or set of three first day covers purchased came with a complimentary 'New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven' poster.
A Piece of Art
Originally a painting on canvas, New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven was truly a work of art which was captured on a high-quality photo poster print. Made using Fujicolor silver halide photo paper, these prints had amazing definition and depth of colour that can only be achieved in a photograph. Pearl-like crystals gave the prints an incredible lustre, and the colour-fast process ensured they would look fantastic hung on a wall for years to come.
Product Listing for Slice of Heaven
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|Date of issue:||6 October 2010|
|Number of stamps:||25 gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||60c x 25|
|Stamps and first day cover designed by:||Assignment Group, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||35mm x 40.6mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25|
|Special blocks:||Plate/imprint blocks, A and B barcode blocks, logo and value blocks were supplied as one sheet of 25 stamps.|
|Period of sale:||These stamps remained on sale until 5 October 2012.|