2009 Scenic Definitives

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Title: 2009 Scenic Definitives
Date of Issue: 1 July 2009
Country: New Zealand

Denominations: 30c, $1.80, $2.30, $2.80, $3.30, $4.00.

For the first time since 2007, New Zealand Post has produced a selection of Scenic Definitive stamps, covering some of New Zealand’s favourite scenic locations. Join us, and you’ll catch a tantalising glimpse of our country’s stunning natural environments and sophisticated urban landscapes.

30 c – Tolaga Bay

Located on the North Island’s east coast, Tolaga Bay is well known for its wharf – the longest in New Zealand, at 660 metres. The wharf was built in 1929 to accommodate large coastal trading vessels, but it fell into disuse as improved roads and motor vehicles offered more efficient transport options.

$1.80 – Russell

The historic township of Russell (once known as Kororareka) was New Zealand’s first permanent European settlement and sea port. It was also the country’s first capital, but today it’s a Bay of Islands holiday town, with an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars.

$2.30 – Lake Wanaka

With an area of 192 square kilometres, Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake. Its crystal-clear waters (thought to be more than 300 metres deep) are an aquatic playground for tourists, sailors, water-skiers and kayakers, while walking tracks, rivers and the surrounding Southern Alps provide outdoor adventure opportunities aplenty.

$2.80 – Auckland

Auckland has the largest population in New Zealand, with about 1.3 million people. It’s a fusion of many cultures and offers a huge range of experiences and activities for visitors and locals alike. Popularly known as 'the City of Sails’, Auckland has more yachts and launches per capita than any other city in the world.

$3.30 – Rakaia River
Rising in the Southern Alps and travelling 150 kilometres to the

Pacific Ocean, the Rakaia River is one of New Zealand’s largest braided rivers – and it’s crossed by New Zealand’s longest road and rail bridges. It’s a celebrated Chinook salmon fishery and known for its populations of wrybills, black-fronted terns and banded dotterels.

$4.00 – Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and the country’s political centre, it also supports a thriving arts and entertainment scene, with more cafés per capita than New York City. Other attractions include the Museum of New Zealand – Te Papa Tongarewa, the biennial New Zealand International Arts Festival, the World of WearableArt, the New Zealand Sevens weekend and numerous film festivals. The $4.00 2009 Definitive replaces the existing definitive stamp that does not carry the New Zealand Post fern.

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