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New Zealand Postal Service 2004 Issue
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Tourism 2004

New Zealand Postal Service will issued six new stamps with a postage value of $1.50 each named "Tourism 2004" on the 1st of September 2004. The stamps depicts a selection of the most favorite tourism destinations in New Zealand. Each of these destinations offers a distinctly different visitor experience. In recent years New Zealand has become a year round holiday destination for an increasing number of tourist. International visitors are at a all time high, with May 2004 seeing a 29 percent increase in numbers compared with May of 2003. An estimated 2.3 million travelers arrived in New Zealand in the past 12 months. Each of the tourist areas depicted is described as follows:

  • Lake Wakatipu (Top Left) - located on the shores of Queenstown, New Zealand. This lake has the purest and bluest mountain water in the world. With the Alpine and Lake Resort open year round, this resort offers every visitor world-class adventure and leisure activities.
  • The Bath House (Top Right) - located in Rotorua, this beautiful tourist spot has thermal springs. Opened in 1908 as a spa offering therapeutic bathing, mud and massage treatments to people. It served some of the most famous people which include Crown Princess Louise of Sweden, George Bernard Shaw, Prime Minister Stephen Ward and the Duke of Bedford. Today the bath house is home to the Museum of art and History.
  • Mitre Peak (Middle Left) - located in Milford Sound this tourist attraction offers the most magnificent glacier-carved fiords - and Mitre Peak that soars nearly 1,500 meters from its waters. The natural environment in the area has deep waters, cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, dense rainforest, towering mountains and fascination wildlife.
  • Pohuto Geyser (Middle Right) - located in Rotorua this tourist hotspot offers spouting geysers, bubbling and boiling mud pools and multi-colored ponds. But the one that stands out, is the Pohotu Geyser - the most spectacular at Whakarewarewa Termal Village. It erupts every hour, shooting hot water about 20 meters into the air.
  • Kaikoura (Bottom Left) - located between Christchurch and Picton on the South Island's east coast, the settlement of Kaikoura nestles between snow-capped majestic mountains and the awesome forces of the Pacific ocean. This unique tourist attraction offers tourists activities such as watching whales, dolphins and seals swimming at sea, bird watching, four-wheel motor biking, horse trekking and hunting on land.
  • Hawke's Bay (Bottom Right) - has landscape that spans dramatic sea cliffs and golden sand beaches, fertile plains and crystal-clear rivers, and a food, wine and lifestyle experience second to none. It also host the famous Napier's Art Deco Weekend and the annual wine festival.

"Tourism 2004" stamps can be purchased as a Mint Stamp Set, Mint Singles, Sheets of 50, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 30mm x 25mm with a perforation of 13.50 x 13.25 The stamps will be printed by Southern Color Print, Dunedin using the 4 Color Offset Lithography printing process with Tullis Russell 104g/m square Red Phosphor stamp paper.

Tourism 2004

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