2000 Scenic Definitives - October

New Zealand Post released two definitive stamps in October for a new rate change.

Issue information

New Zealand Post released two new definitive stamps on 2 October 2000 to facilitate a rate change for Standard Post (90c) and Fast Post ($1.30) extra large letters within New Zealand.

The new 90c stamp design featured the gentle, symmetrical shape of Rangitoto Island, one of the most distinctive landmarks of the Hauraki Gulf, replacing the equally iconic Waitomo Caves 90c stamp issued in 1996. This superb volcanic landscape is home to the largest pohutukawa forest in the world.

The $1.30 stamp design featured Lake camp in South Canterbury. This small lake is situated on the plateau between the headwaters of the Ragitata and South Branch Ashburton Rivers.

A first day cover with the two new stamp designs and an image of Doughboy Bay and Mason Bay, Stewart Island was also available for a limited time.

Product Listing for 2000 Scenic Definitives - October

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 90c 'Rangitoto Island' gummed stamp

The design featured the gentle, symmetrical shape of Rangitoto Island, one of the most distinctive landmarks of the Hauraki Gulf. This superb volcanic landscape is home to the largest pōhutukawa forest in the world.
 

$0.90
Single Stamp

Single $1.30 'Lake Camp' gummed stamp.

The design featured Lake Camp in south Canterbury. This small lake is situated on the plateau between the headwaters of the Rangitata and South Branch Ashburton Rivers.

$1.30
First Day Cover First day cover with gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue.  $2.70

Technical information

Date of issue: 2 October 2000
Number of stamps: Two
Denominations and designs: 90c Rangitoto Island and $1.30 Lake Camp
90c stamp and first day cover designed by: Comm Arts Design, Wellington
$1.30 stamp designed by: Stephen Fuller, Watermark, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, Dunedin by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 25mm x 30mm (horizontal)
Paper type: 103gsm red phosphor coated litho stamp paper
Perforation gauge: 14 x 14
Number of stamps per sheet: 50
Cost of unaddressed first day cover: $2.70
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six 90c stamps from a sheet and four $1.30 stamps from a sheet. Barcode and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least two stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats for sheet stamps.