Our landmarks set for world tour

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 08/07/2014
Legendary Landmarks stamps
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Five southern landmarks feature in New Zealand Post's Legendary Landmarks series.

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Five southern landmarks are set to travel the world - all for the price of sending a letter.

New Zealand Post has unveiled its latest series of Kiwiana stamps, featuring 18 of the country's most iconic landmarks.

Five southern landmarks made the cut - Cromwell's giant fruit, the Clydesdale horses at Clinton, the Rakiura chain, the Mossburn deer and the surfer at Colac Bay.

New Zealand Post head of stamps and coins Simon Allison said the stamps, featuring a mix of world-famous and lesser-known landmarks, could help raise the profile of New Zealand towns.

The 80c stamps would act as "little postcards" as they travelled across the globe, he said.

Kiwiana stamp issues were always popular, especially with tourists and New Zealanders with family members overseas, and Allison estimated millions of the Legendary Landmarks stamps would be printed.

One southern landmark missing from the list is the big brown trout at Gore, with the giant salmon at Rakaia instead gracing a stamp.

Allison said the 18 landmarks were chosen for a variety of reasons but one factor taken into account was if a landmark had previously featured on stamps.

Gore's trout featured on a NZ Post stamp in 1998, and on several New Zealand Mail stamps in the 2000s.

Other landmarks in the new series include the L&P bottle at Paeroa, Pukekura's giant sandfly, the gumboot at Taihape and the Opononi dolphin.

The Legendary Landmarks issue is expected to be available until July 2016.

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