New Zealand “Tiki Tour” Sheet with Map

New Zealand Post released a new sheet of 50c stamps depicting scenic spots around New Zealand. The August 5, 2009 new issue uses the theme of a “Tiki Tour” or round-about journey, “A Tiki tour is all about enjoying the journey as much as the destination, and checking out as many ‘choice’ national icons as you can along the way.”

Tiki Tour Sheet New Zealand 2009-08-05

Auckland area stamp

Auckland area stamp

The sheet comprises of a large blue background map of New Zealand with the 24 stamps positioned at the various scenic locations around the map. Each stamp features a theme connected to the specific location shown on the map. In the upper left corner of the sheet shows what appears to be image of a “Tiki” a wooden or stone carving of human form or also from Māori mythology where Tiki is the first man. A special poster with information about each stamp is included with the purchase price. This sheet is sure to be of keen interest to fellow cartophilatelists.

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