The New Zealand Experience

Every year, millions of tourists explore New Zealand’s diverse landscape by foot, boat or even hanging from a bungy cord! Get a taste of our unique nation through their eyes with The New Zealand Experience stamp issue.

Issue information

New Zealand may be a small country but it has a whole lot to offer – from breathtaking scenery to adrenalin-pumping activities and a cultural experience like no other. And when you can drive from the ski slopes to the beach within 30 minutes, it’s easy to see why so many people flock to our diverse and picturesque shores. Take a closer look at the vast array of experiences to be had in New Zealand with the six gummed stamps in this issue.

The Perfect Additions to the New Zealand Experience

This exhilarating stamp issue also included a miniature sheet, first day cover and miniature sheet first day cover. Each product featured imagery of a classic Kiwi suitcase, and carried the theme of a tourist writing home about his New Zealand Experience.

Product Listing for The New Zealand Experience

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Image Title Description Price

Single Stamp

Single 60c 'The Great Outdoors' gummed stamp.

New Zealand is home to 14 national parks and an assortment of stunning walking tracks. From the golden shorelines of Abel Tasman to the mountainous terrain of Aoraki Mount Cook, there’s something to suit everyone from the casual walker to the serious tramper.

$0.60
Single Stamp

Single 60c 'Water Sports' gummed stamp.

Living in a country surrounded by water, it’s no surprise that Kiwis love water sports. Whether they're jet skiing on Lake Taupo, windsurfing off one of the many beaches or relaxing on a luxurious launch, New Zealanders are always keen to get their feet wet!

$0.60
Single Stamp

Single $1.20 'Fishing' gummed stamp.

New Zealand is abundant with lakes, rivers and streams, making it perfect for a spot of fishing. Try big game fishing up north, trout fishing, or even whitebaiting. Even if you don’t catch anything, you’re sure to have had a relaxing experience on the water in the meantime.

$1.20
Single Stamp

Single $1.90 'Culture' gummed stamp.

Māori culture is an essential part of New Zealand’s identity and history. As tourists trek around the country they’ll come across traditional Māori arts, the power of kapa haka performance and marae, and possibly even pick up some Te Reo Māori (the Māori language).

$1.90
Single Stamp

Single $2.40 'On the Slopes' gummed stamp.

New Zealand’s world-class ski-fields attract snow bunnies and adrenalin junkies to the slopes every winter. From the Southern Alps and The Remarkables in the south to Mounts Ruapehu and Taranaki in the north, there are plenty of options to satisfy all types of snow-seeker.

$2.40
Single Stamp

Single $2.90 'Extreme Sports' gummed stamp.

Ever since the world-famous bungy jump was invented in New Zealand, Kiwis have been known throughout the world as adrenalin junkies. Whether it’s white-water rafting, sky-diving or even zorbing, there’s sure to be something to get your heart racing!

$2.90
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled gummed miniature sheet. $9.60
First Day Cover First day cover with six gummed stamps affixed. $10.10
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. $10.10
Presentation Pack The presentation pack was the ultimate collectable in this issue, and a charming souvenir. It told the story of a tourist writing home to his Dad, and included the set of six gummed stamps and the miniature sheet first day cover. $19.90

Technical information

Date of issue: 5 October 2011
Number of stamps: Six gummed stamps
Denominations: 60c (x2), $1.20, $1.90, $2.40 and $2.90
Stamps, miniature sheet, first day covers and presentation pack designed by: Cue Design, Wellington, New Zealand
Printer and process: Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 30mm x 40mm
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 25
Perforation gauge: 14 x 14
Special blocks: Plate/imprint blocks were 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 4 October 2012.