During Covid-19 status orange for the region,
the Hawkes Bay Naturist Club is open for HBNC members only.

First Timers FAQ

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.

Do I have to get my gear off and stay nude all the time I am here?
No, we would encourage you to get your gear off, but you will do this when you are ready to do so. Our pool and spa pool are all clothing free though. It’s so much more fun than a wet sticky set of togs!

If a nude person is talking to me, where I do look and what do I say?
Look where ever you would look if they were clothed. Say hello and above all, be yourself

My body does not suit being a nudist
Your body is perfect for you.

Will people stare at my body and secretly judge me?
No, everyone is in the same position that you are in and will not want you to judge them either, so we are all very accepting here.

Will I get sun burned? Isn’t sun tanning dangerous?
Wear sun block and don’t spend more than a safe amount of time in the sun. Start off slowly. We like to spend time in the shade. It is recommended that a person spend at least 10 minutes in the sun each day in order to get the maximum amount of Vitamin D- essential for all kinds of health. We are all aware of skin cancer here and try to maintain safety in the sun.

What if an erection or something equally embarrassing happens to me?
This is a common fear for first time nudists and rarely happens in an environment of safe social nudity. If something embarrassing happens just know that we are very kind and accepting of each other.

What about body hair and piercings?
Everyone is welcome to their own fashion statements. 

What is the usual protocol for shared seating and sunbeds?
If your bum is bare, please cover the chair (with your towel).

For more information about naturism, visit the NZ Naturist Federation FAQ page.