Naturism is a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterised by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment. Naturism can also refer to a cultural and political movement practising, advocating and defending social nudity in private and public spaces.
Several other terms ("social nudity" as well as "public nudity", and recently: "clothes-free") have been proposed as alternative terms for naturism , but none has found the same wide-spread public acceptance as the older terms 'naturism' and in the United States 'nudism'.
New Zealand has naturist clubs nationwide which welcome new members and their families into a safe, healthy and relaxed environment.
New Zealand has around 11 recognised nudist beaches, including;
Tapotupotu Beach (Northland)
Karawa Beach (Northland)
Waitata Bay (Northland)
Uretiti Beach (Northland)
Pohutukawa Bay (Auckland area)
Little Palm Beach (Auckland area)
Orpheus Bay (Auckland area)
Opoutere Beach (Coromandal)
Papamoa Beach (Coromandal)
Pekapeka Beach (Paraparaumu)
Breaker Bay (Wellington)
Mapua Leisure Park (Nelson)
You will notice more nudist beaches towards the top of New Zealand. This is because the climate is much warmer year round the further north you live.
Naturist Clubs, Resorts and Homestays
North Island Shangri-La Naturist Homestay, near Kerikeri
Our Farm-Park, near Kaukapakapa
Hibiscus Coast Sun Club, Auckland
Auckland Outdoor Health Club, Auckland
Auckland Sun Club, Auckland
Counties Sun Club, Ramarama
Waikato Outdoor Society near Hamilton
Upson Downs Naturist Homestay, near Otorohanga
Katikati Naturist Park
Rosco Park Naturist Homestay, near Tauranga
Bay of Plenty Sun Club, near Matata
Rotata Sun Club, near Taupo
Westmead Homestay, Gisborne Hawkes Bay Outdoor Leisure Club, near Rissington
Argyll Homestay, Havelock North
Taranaki Naturists Club, New Plymouth
Wanganui Sun Club Manawatu Outdoor Leisure Club, near Foxton
Wellington Sun Club, near Upper Hutt
Mapua Leisure Park, in Mapua
Nelson Sun Club, Upper Moutere
Gold'n'Terrace Lodge Naturist Homestay, near Havelock
Pineglades Naturist Club, near Rolleston
South Canterbury Sun Club, near Geraldine
Aoraki Naturally Naturist Homestay and Camping, near Tekapo
Alpine Lakes Leisure Club, Cromwell
Bendigo Creek Naturist Homestay, near Cromwell
The Orchard Sun Club, Dunedin
Southern Sun Club, near Otautau
New Zealand Naturist Federation
The New Zealand Naturist Federation is a collective organisation which promotes and educates about the naturist lifestyle and acts as a coordinating body for naturist clubs nationwide.
There are 18 naturist clubs in New Zealand which are affiliated with the New Zealand Naturist Federation. The Auckland Sun Club is the longest-established naturist club in New Zealand, and has recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Joining a club affiliated to the New Zealand Naturist Federation entitles you to an International Naturist Federation Passport, which allows you to visit any naturist club in New Zealand or overseas.
For more information about Naturism in New Zealand please contact;
New Zealand Naturist Federation
Address: PO Box 15622, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
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