Walkways of Niue

If you’re not one to sit idly on a beach while on holiday, then Niue’s walkways could provide you with a low impact but high reward way to view this picturesque island. Grab your walking shoes and come exploring in this stamp issue that featured some of Niue’s top walkways. 

Issue information

The small Island nation of Niue is home to a labyrinth of spectacular walkways. Well maintained, these walkways vary in difficulty and terrain, offering everything from a gentle wander through the rainforest to a steep climb down 155 steps.

There’s a historical story behind each of the walkways featured on these stamps, from the bathing place of Niue’s kings to a hidden freshwater spring once used by nearby villages.

The first day cover and miniature sheet first day cover displayed the stamps on a background of more beautifully scenic shots of Niue’s landscape.

Product Listing for Walkways of Niue

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Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp

Single 30c 'Matapa Chasm' gummed stamp.

Regarded as a relatively easy walk, the final destination of this track has historical significance as a bathing spot once reserved for Niue’s traditional Kings.

$0.30
Single Stamp

Single $1.40 'Avaiki Cave' gummed stamp.

Historically, this is where the first canoe landed in Niue and later became the bathing place of kings. A dripstone limestone cave allows you entry out across the reef flats and towards the crystalline blue waters of a hidden swimming cave.

$1.40
Single Stamp

Single $2.00 'Anapala Chasm' gummed stamp.

The freshwater from this chasm was used to anoint Niue’s past royalty and was a valuable source of water for the neighbouring villages. 155 steps descend down into the crevice where its reputed Niue’s only freshwater fish resides in solitary.

$2.00
Single Stamp

Single $4.00 'Talava Arches' gummed stamp.

One of Niue’s many unique land marks, the Talava Arches, were once used as a lookout point to spot passing ships, the arches are accessed via a clearly marked path which branches off from the Matapa Chasm walkway.

$4.00
Miniature Sheet Mint, used or cancelled miniature sheet. $7.70
First Day Cover First day cover with four gummed stamps affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $8.20
Miniature Sheet First Day Cover First day cover with gummed miniature sheet affixed. Cancelled on the first day of issue. $8.20

Technical information

Date of issue: 12 July 2017
Number of stamps: Four gummed stamps
Denominations: $0.30, $1.40, $2.00, $4.00
Stamps, miniature sheet and first day cover designed by: Nikole McGillivray, New Zealand Post Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand 
Printer: Collectables and Solutions Centre, New Zealand Post, Whanganui, New Zealand
Number of colours: Four process colours
Stamp size and format: 40mm x 30mm (vertical)
Paper type: Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper
Number of stamps per sheet: 16
Perforation gauge: 13.33
Special blocks: Plate and value blocks could be obtained by purchasing at least six stamps from a sheet.
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 11 July 2018.