A visit to a NZ Post will afford you the opportunity to share an iconic image of Lake Hāwea on your letters. The new $4 stamp is part of a collection of six iconic locations on Te Araroa, New Zealand’s 3000km-long walking and tramping trail, that were released on September 4. Walking the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Bluff, is a rite of passage for many New Zealanders.
The stamp collection’s release is aligned with the start of the upcoming walking season, which starts on October 1.
Te Araroa Trust chief executive Mark Weatherall said he was ‘humbled’ to see the trail appear on stamps issued by New Zealand’s postal service. “They say you’ve made it if you’re on a postage stamp, so this is a great honour for Te Araroa trail.”
He said his team enjoyed working with NZ Post to suggest the featured locations and provide information about different trail sections. The Te Araroa Trail stamp series was designed by NZ Post’s Hannah Fortune whose inspiration came from photos donated by five Te Araroa walkers. The stamps come in $1.30, $2.60, $3.30 and $4 denominations.
In 2018 to 2019, more than 1100 people walked the length of Te Araroa trail and tens of thousands more walked individual sections of the trail.