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. Most clubs allow newcomers several visits to get used to naturism. But the expectation is that when suitable weather conditions prevail and you feel comfortable, you will shed your clothes. 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.

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

Some tips for Novice Nudies

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 adivce 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 essential that a person spend at least 15 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 safe sun worship. Many nudists these days have the lightest of tans

What if I get an embarrassing erection or something equally embarrassing happens to me?
In all my years as a nudist I have never seen that happen. If something embarrassing happens just know that we all love each other here and are very kind and accepting of each other.

Is a Brazilian wax essential or not desirable?
Everyone is welcome to their own fashion statements. We have people from hairy to smoothie (totally shaved/waxed) and everything in between.

What is the protocol inside the clubhouse?
If your bum is bare, please cover the chair (with your towel)