Naturism offers Kiwis a haven to be ‘at one with the world’

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Communal or social nudity, or “naturism”, is a growing movement in New Zealand’s very own backyard.  

Katikati Naturist Park owner Tom Carrigan joins Summer Afternoon Talk to discuss his park's role in encouraging the naturism community in New Zealand.

"You’re at one with the world," Mr Carrigan says. 

According to the International Nudist Federation, "Naturism is 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". 

There’s nothing better than swimming without your clothes.

Mr Carrigan explains that naturism can offer a “really good sense of community” for its social members.

“We all look the same basically - underneath,” he says.

Potential naturists can find 5.7 hectares of holiday grounds at Katakati Naturist Park, including a pool, spa pool, mini golf, Sky sport, and table tennis. The park’s “nudioke” (nude karaoke) event on New Year’s Eve is already booked out.

Asked whether new guests often misconceive the Park as a “swinger’s paradise”, Mr Carrigan explains that it’s not too common.

“Most people are very respectful,” says Mr Carrigan. “And we are pretty hard on people who aren’t.”

While clothing at Katikati Naturist Park is non-optional, he explains that clothing can be worn under reasonable circumstances. Whether you’re grilling up a feed or needing to cover up from the sun, he assures that clothing is sometimes necessary.

“We’re not going to stop you from covering up if you get burnt,” he says.

Listen to the full interview with Tom Carrigan above.

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