Slice of Heaven

Join us on a journey through the sights and sounds of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Along the way you’ll discover the unique kiwi culture and diverse landscapes which have lead New Zealanders to refer to this beautiful nation as A Slice of Heaven.

Issue information

As you delve into this colourful stamp issue, you’ll discover famous city attractions such as Auckland’s Sky Tower, Wellington’s Cable Car, and the Christchurch Cathedral. The natural beauty of New Zealand is hard to escape as you take in the thermal wonderland of Rotorua, ski up a storm at the alpine resort of Queenstown, and enjoy the stunning coastlines along the way.

Weaving in and out of the landscape, you’ll stumble across rural New Zealand in the form of farms, vineyards, local sports games, holiday spots, Maraes and close-knit communities. It’s these aspects of the nation that make up every day New Zealand, and that contribute to the unique ‘kiwi’ culture.

Journey Through Paradise

Start your journey at Mount Ruapehu (third stamp down, left hand side) and you'll soon find yourself rowing up the mighty Waikato River. Continue with a punt on Christchurch's Avon, then immerse yourself in the Huka Falls and the glorious Lake Taupo where water sports are in full force. If you make it out the other side you'll ground to a halt at the typical one-lane bridge (where everyone is trying to get to their holiday destination at the same time you are!). Then it's down the Shotover River, past the thrill-seeking tourists and finally to the Rakaia River and out to sea.

Along the way you'll have discovered the beauty and character of this country we call New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven.

Immerse Yourself in Our Slice of Heaven

As you immersed yourself in the diverse landscape that is New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven, you could have a go at finding some of these hidden gems:

  • One Tree Hill.
  • Tāne Mahuta, our oldest tree.
  • The Beehive.
  • Christchurch Cathedral.
  • The Octagon.
  • Champagne Pools.
  • The Stone Store, our oldest building.
  • Te Mata Peak.
  • Lake Taupo.
  • Huka Falls.
  • The Treaty grounds (where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed).
  • Oriental Bay fountain.
  • Sky Tower, our tallest building.
  • The Basin Reserve.
  • Old Government Buildings.
  • A kiwi.
  • The Remarkables.
  • A waka.
  • The Bridge of Remembrance.
  • Mount Victoria.
  • Our national game.
  • A one-lane bridge.
  • A humpback whale.
  • 3 flags.
  • The Earnslaw.
  • A man on a bike.
  • Moeraki Boulders.
  • A biplane.
  • 6 utes.
  • 2 tractors.
  • A hang glider.
  • A marae.
  • 5 swimming pools.
  • A bull.
  • St Paul's Cathdral.
  • America's Cup yacht KZ1.
  • The River Avon.
  • Mount Ruapahu.
  • A Hawke's Bay vineyard.
  • Mud pools.
  • The Cable Car.
  • Motutaiko Island.
  • Nugget point.
  • The Waikato River.
  • Coronet Peak.
  • Sheds 11 and 13.
  • A war memorial.
  • 2 helicopters.
  • Fairfield Bridge.
  • Aoraki (Mount Cook).
  • 2 ambulances.
  • Auckland Ferry terminal.
  • A marlin.
  • 2 Wellington trolley buses.
  • Princes Wharf.
  • Shotover Jet.
  • A game of bowls.
  • Titahi Bay Boat sheds.
  • A giant chessboard.
  • A tow truck.
  • Lake Wakitipu.
  • A dunny.
  • 2 cribs.
  • 7 horses.
  • A glider.
  • A tinny.
  • 2 mountaineers.
  • 3 hot-air ballons.
  • A coffee shop.
  • 2 netballers.
  • A barbecue.
  • A wero (Māori challenge).
  • And at least one sheep...

 
 

Collectables Celebrating Our Unique Kiwi Culture and Diverse Landscapes

A Slice of Heaven comprises a sheet of 25 x 60c stamps that reflect New Zealand's culture, heritage and various iconic locations. Each stamp showed a distinct snapshot of the country and together the stamps form a unique image that captures a day in the life of New Zealand.

A set of three first day covers was also available as part of the issue. Additionally, each stamp sheet or set of three first day covers purchased came with a complimentary 'New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven' poster.

A Piece of Art

Originally a painting on canvas, New Zealand - A Slice of Heaven was truly a work of art which was captured on a high-quality photo poster print. Made using Fujicolor silver halide photo paper, these prints had amazing definition and depth of colour that can only be achieved in a photograph. Pearl-like crystals gave the prints an incredible lustre, and the colour-fast process ensured they would look fantastic hung on a wall for years to come.

Product Listing for Slice of Heaven

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Image Title Description Price
Set of Stamps Mint, used or cancelled sheet of 25 x 60c stamps. $15.00
Set of First Day Covers Set of three first day covers with stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $16.50
Poster Poster featuring artwork from the stamp issue. Measuring 495mm x 677mm. $9.00
A1 Poster Print A1 photo poster print featuring artwork from the stamp issue. $49.90
A2 Poster Print A2 photo poster print featuring artwork from the stamp issue. $39.90

Technical information

Date of issue: 6 October 2010
Number of stamps: 25 gummed stamps
Denominations: 60c x 25
Stamps and first day cover designed by: Assignment Group, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 35mm x 40.6mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks, A and B barcode blocks, logo and value blocks were supplied as one sheet of 25 stamps.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 5 October 2012.