Naturism or Clothes-free Lifestyle
Auckland Outdoor Naturist Club is part of the New Zealand Naturist Federation (NZNF) https://www.gonatural.nz/
By definition of the International Naturist Federation, "Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and 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' or some might refer to it as a 'clothes-free' lifestyle. It is 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.
The benefits of naturism are wide and varied:
- physical health - sun exposure and Vitamin D provides relief and prevention from a large number of diseases
- mental health - researchers are discovering that vitamin D plays an important role in mental health and in depression
- self esteem - the naturist philosophy encourages acceptance of all people, no matter who they are or what they look like - how your body looks like becomes irrelevant 'you are you’, and we are basically all the same underneath
- freedom - the sense of freedom when you remove the 'entrapments of civilisation’ is fantastic
- connection with nature - the touch of plants against the skin and the feeling of grass under your feet awakens the tactile senses
- family friendly - naturism is nude recreation in a non-sexual capacity and for all ages to embrace
- comfortability - being able to swim, spa and/or sauna in the nude is much more comfortable, plus no wet bathing suits to clean/dry afterwards!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I have to bring along?
A towel/s (to sit on and to use for the pool/spa/sauna), sunblock, a hat (in the summer months) and just yourself!
- Should I bring my own food/drinks?
Yes. We have a fully equipped kitchen, and ample of BBQ facilities for your use. We also have a licensed bar, open from 3 - 6pm every Saturday and Sunday, where you can order hot food such chips & fish/hot dogs/chicken nuggets.
- What are your visiting hours?
From 10am - 6pm during the summer months (and 10am - 4pm during the colder months)
- Can I visit as a first-timer to naturism?
Yes. We were all first-timers to naturism once. Thinking about it beforehand can be daunting but you might find that you will be less nervous once you are at the club and realize that its actually quite natural. Go on, give it a try!
- What can I expect for my first visit?
For your first visit, we will arrange for a committee member to show you around the club grounds and to answer any questions you might have. Weekends are generally busier with more people around. During the week it is more quiet.
- Are you a members only club?
Yes, however, you can visit the club 3 times, before you need to decide whether you want to apply for membership. It may sound like a big commitment to join, but clubs offer a sense of community and a safe and comfortable space where you can enjoy and embrace the naturist lifestyle amongst like-minded people.
- Can I bring my kids along?
Off course. We are a family friendly club and promote nudity in a non-sexual capacity. If you are comfortable in your own skin, then your children will most likely take to the naturist lifestyle quite easily. Bear in mind that your children are likely to see nudity on the internet/TV/in magazines at some stage, in which case, it may be better for them to be exposed to nude bodies in their natural form at a naturist club.
- What do you have to offer?
Refer to our "Facilities" page for more details. What makes the club so unique is the fact that we offer a wide selection of things to do, for all different ages - whether you want to socialize and meet like-minded people or whether you just want some quiet time to relax - there is something for everyone at AONC.
- What should I do if I want to apply for membership?
Please contact the secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Does the club still operate in the winter months?
Yes, it certainly does. In the colder months, you can warm up in the hot spa and/or sauna, work-out in the indoor gym and/or snuggle up in the clubhouse in front of the roaring fireplace. There is also the wide open spaces, and the bush walk which you can still enjoy in wintertime, to escape cabin fever and to get a bit of Vitamin D.