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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;

North Island

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)

South Island

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

Guysers Gaystay B&B for men Rotorua

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

South Island

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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