Naturism is quite popular in New Zealand. There are a number of naturist clubs as well as private homestays and resorts which offer accommodations and campsites where you can be with like-minded people. If you are looking to enjoy naturism during your travels in the North Island, there are quite a few options available.
When you visit a naturist or nudist club or resort, there are a few things to note:
- While it is not illegal to be nude on the beach open to the general public, discretion is essential.
- In most naturist clubs or resorts, nudity is required, weather permitting. With New Zealand's cool climate it is perfectly acceptable to cover up when the weather gets cool.
- If you are going to be visiting several of the clubs it is a good idea to become a member of the International Naturist Federation (INF). You will receive a better reception (and possibly even a discount).
- Slather on the high-SPF sunscreen. The New Zealand sun is fierce and you will burn very quickly without protection, even on cloudy days.
Homestays and Bed and Breakfast Accommodations:
- Bush Oasis (Kerikeri) is surrounded by expansive lawns and a citrus orchard. There is room for camper vans and trailers as well as rooms. Visitors enjoy the spa and sauna and can go for a bush walk to see the glow worms.
- Serendipity Park (Maungaturoto, Central Lower Northland) is a bed and breakfast (discount with INF card) and also has electricity for RVs.
- Katikati Naturist Park in the Bay of Plenty is located alongside a scenic rocky river with tall trees and is surrounded by native and exotic plants. They offer cabins, rooms, camping spots, and RV hook-ups. There is a pool, sports activities, and recreation room.
Naturist Clubs and Resorts:
- Auckland Naturist Orewa (Orewa, North Auckland) is close to the Orewa Surf Beach. The club grounds include seven acres of bush and cleared flat areas. They have camping facilities with kitchen, restrooms and hot showers and for recreation and relaxation, a swimming pool, spa, and sauna.
- Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club (Swanson, West Auckland) has activities and accommodations for individuals and families on 26 acres of manicured lawns and natural bush-land. There are swimming pools, sports facilities, and spa/sauna. They offer cabin accommodations as well as tent camping and RV sites.
- Auckland Counties Sun Club (Ramarama, South Auckland) offers small chalet accommodations, powered and non-powered camping sites, and a clubhouse and kitchen. There are swimming pools in a landscaped setting with plenty of shade trees.
Homestays/Bed and Breakfast:
- Saxon Lodge (Hamilton) is set on two acres with animals, chickens (providing breakfast eggs), wild birds and lovely flowers. The house is a New Zealand style one-level home designed by a local architect. There are some RV facilities on the property.
- Woodside Park/Waikato Outdoor Society (Hamilton) has a chalet, campground with power and an RV that you can rent if you don't have your own. There is a fully equipped kitchen in the clubhouse. Visitors can relax at the swimming pool and spa.
Bay of Plenty, Taupo and Rotorua
Homestays/Bed and Breakfast:
- Bay of Plenty Sun Club (Whakatane) is located in the countryside on the eastern side of the Bay of Plenty. This is a member-owned club with manicured grounds surrounded by forest and a stream. Quiet beaches are close by for fishing or surfing. Facilities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, spa pool, and children's playground as well as RV and camping sites.
- Rotota Sun Club (near Rotorua lakes) is in the geothermal-rich area of New Zealand. You can soak, kayak, bush-walk, swim in the lake or soak in the hot tub. Children are allowed but because of the lake, they must be supervised.
- Hawkes Bay Outdoor Leisure Club (Napier) is in a quiet country setting on the east coast of the North Island. The club, set among rolling hills, has lawns, shade trees, a clubhouse, pools, spa, and children's playground. There are cottage accommodations and powered and non-powered campsites.
Lower North Island (including Wellington) Naturist Clubs and Accommodation
- Manawatu Naturist Club (Palmerston North) is a campground with recreation and social events. You can laze by the pool or attend a barbecue and happy hour. The club, set in coastal farmland, has 17.5 acres of park-like campgrounds with shade trees and gardens. The club welcomes families.
- Wellington Naturist Club (Wellington) Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. The Wellington Naturist Club—“Te Marua” has a spa and sauna complex, badminton courts, heated swimming pools, and clubhouse. The club has four lodges with bedding included. For campers, there are 68 powered RV sites, 90 non-powered sites and places for tent camping. Families are welcome and there is a children's play area.