Summer Festivals

When summer arrives, Kiwis throughout New Zealand love summer festivals – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy entertainment extravaganzas with friends and family alike.

Issue information

When summer arrives, Kiwis throughout New Zealand head for the outdoors. In this diverse country, their activity choices are endless: for the sports-minded, the extensive array of water and land-based pursuits; and for the less energetic, the endless expanses of sun-drenched coastal beaches. But for everyone, there’s the delight of summer festivals – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy entertainment extravaganzas with friends and family alike.

New Zealand’s Summer Festivals covered a spectrum of themes and activities – from family-focused events to music, theatre and dance and energy-packed sporting spectacles and competitions. Whatever you choose to attend, you can guarantee it will be good for the heart and the soul – a great way to enjoy the season of sunshine.

Se-tenant Strip

All the festivals on show in this issue were pulled together in a se-tenant strip of five stamps.

Miniature Sheet

The miniature sheet had the five stamps in a delightful depiction of summer and the entertainment opportunities it brings.

First Day Covers

The Summer Festivals first day covers displayed both the five stamps and miniature sheet in distinctively different ways. Each evoked the excitement that festivals inspire – for those who participate and those who simply choose to watch.

Product Listing for Summer Festivals

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 45c 'Dragon Boating' gummed stamp.

Every year, New Zealand hosts a number of Dragon Boat Festivals – an exhilarating event characterised by fierce competition, active spectator participation and colourful cultural entertainment.

$0.45
Single Stamp

Single 90c 'Race Day' gummed stamp.

For the horse-racing fraternity, summer signals the highlight of the racing calendar – the Summer Carnival and the richest and most prestigious races in the country, including the Auckland Cup, the New Zealand Derby and the Wellington Cup. The carnivals are renowned as much for their haute couture as for the horses and races themselves.

$0.90
Single Stamp

Single $1.35 'Teddy Bears’ Picnic gummed stamp.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without teddy bears’ picnics! As children delight in picnicking with their bears, the adults are no doubt humming the words to Jimmy Kennedy’s song of the same name, written more than 70 years ago.

$1.35
Single Stamp

Single $1.50 'Outdoor Concerts' gummed stamp.

Outdoor concerts have been a feature of New Zealand’s summer season since the early 1970s. Ranging from large-scale events to smaller versions, highlights include the three-day WOMAD world music festival, the Big Day Out, the Christian-based Parachute festival, Auckland’s Pasifika Festival and the numerous concerts held in parks around the country.

$1.50
Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Jazz Festivals' gummed stamp.

Whether you like it traditional or innovative, you’ll find a concert to suit you somewhere in New Zealand during summer – at vineyards, parks and private locations around the country.

$2.00
Se-tenant Set Mint, used or cancelled se-tenant set of five stamps.  $6.20
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $6.20
First Day Cover First day cover with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.70
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $6.70

Technical information

Date of issue: 1 November 2006
Number of stamps: Five gummed stamps
Denominations and designs: 45c, 90c, $1.35, $1.50, $2.00
Stamps and first day cover designed by: The Church, Wellington
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 35mm x 29.4mm
Paper type:  104g Tullis Russell red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14.285
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet. Barcode blocks were available in both A and B formats.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 31 October 2007.