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.
StampNews.com invites everyone to grab their walking shoes and come exploring in this stamp issue featuring some of Niue’s top walkways. So let’s appreciate the original design of these items together!
The first day cover and miniature sheet first day cover display the stamps on a background of more beautifully scenic shots of Niue’s landscape.
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.
Matapa Chasm 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.
Avaiki Cave 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.
Anapala Chasm 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.
Talava Arches 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.