The International Naturist Federation describes Naturism as "...a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect, tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment."
Naturism is the practice of going nude, especially in a mixed social setting, and is a lifestyle choice. Another term for it is 'nude recreation'. It gives a feeling of freedom and, for many, social nudity is personally liberating. Through it, we come not only to accept ourselves but others as well.
Naturist clubs offer a safe, family-friendly environment for people of all ages to experience the joys of naturism. Like most clubs in NZ we allow newcomers several visits to get used to naturism. The expectation is that when suitable weather conditions prevail and you feel comfortable, you will shed your clothes. From a hygiëne aspect, naturist clubs do not usually allow bathing suits to be worn in the pool, spa or sauna, but once you have experienced the joy of swimming naked you won’t want to wear them anyway.
First time going natural
We at Hawkes Bay Naturist Club understand that for some people who have never dared to bare before, this can be a very nervous time for you.
Our advice to you is....RELAX!
We have all been there and know what it is like. Here are a few pointers to help and support you. After your first time, you may wonder what all the worry was about.