Vintage NZ Tourist Map

Vintage NZ Tourist Map

Print Code: 10205

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Vintage NZ Map - Canvas Wall Chart Style

Image size in millimetres: 570 x 800

This is one entertaining map, decorative as wall art together with the kind of fascinating little details that keeps it interesting up close. Charmingly to modern eyes the cities and towns are not shown in sizes relative to their commercial importance but from the traveller's interest, whether it is a 'favourite picnic spot' in the deep south, 'good fishing' off the Wairarapa Coast or “glistening walls of the underworld' in Waitomo. Printed directly onto canvas with quality wooden hangers at top and bottom, this map is genuine vintage NZ wall art that is ready to hang out of the box in the classic “wall chart' style. 

So much detail to discover, with insets covering 'Rotorua Tourist Routes', 'The Taupo Fisheries', 'Lake Wanaka and Vicinity' and 'Alpine Regions in the vicinity of Mt Cook'. Arranged and drawn at the Headquarters of the Lands & Survey Department, Wellington New Zealand - for the NZ Government Tourism Department, CWM Royel delt 1946 [drawn by CWM Royel]. 

Particularly lovely are the four different kowhaiwhai borders on the map, a kowhai Ngutukaka pattern along the bottom (the Pointed Flower of the Red Kowhai), on the left hand side 'A well known East Coast and Rotorua Design - a conventionalised Patiki or Flat-Fish'. At the top is the 'Ngaru Moana portraying the Rolling Waves of the Sea' and on the right hand side the 'Arawa version of the Mangopare (Hammerhead Shark).