Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while, we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.
Today we’re listening to AJ, a naturist from New Zealand.
Hello AJ, please tell us something about yourself
Hi, my name is AJ. I live in New Zealand on the North Island. I am a technician and travel a lot. I love going to the gym but unfortunately, with the immigration from South Africa to New Zealand, I have been out of it for a while. I love the outdoors, walking, biking and rugby. Basically, when I am in nature I am happy. I love being nude at clubs and at nude beaches. I think it is called social naturism. Sharing the love with like-minded people.
How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I got into naturism in early 2020 at the age of 35. I have always had the feeling of taking my clothes off and walk around naked, but I never had the opportunity to be by myself. I have for a very long time dreamt about going to a naturist park and never had the chance. I was driving from Christchurch to Blenheim to get the ferry in Picton to cross from the South Island to the North Island. I finally had the chance to visit a naturist park for the very first time. What an exciting and scary thought at the same time.
I got to the park, drove in and sat in my car for a while trying to see if someone else came as well so that I could see what I needed to do. As this was my first time I had no idea what is right and what not, when to get naked and when not. No one was in the car park. I got out of my car and walked to reception as I have arranged with the owner Kay of Wai-natur Naturist Park.
She was not there. She and her husband when to a BBQ at friends. Luckily for me, there was one guy tanning and another guy in the pool. I spoke to them and the guy in the pool was very friendly and helpful. I was still clothed at that time. He said that Kay was out and that I had to come take a swim while I waited.
I went back to my car undressed got my towel and off I went. I did hesitate a bit taking my clothes off. Took a shower and went into the pool. What an amazing feeling. It can only be experienced and not explained. That is the moment I knew I want to live like this for the rest of my life. While I was in the pool I had a good chat with the guy in the pool. I guess we have been in the pool for about 30min. A lady in a sarong came up to the pool and asked me if I have arranged with Kay, just to make sure that all is good.
We eventually got out of the pool. In the meantime, Kay got back and said sorry she was not there but I should just enjoy myself. After getting out of the pool I was very hesitant to go to the camping area. Keep in mind that this was my very first time. I could see there are other naturists there but I was still a bit hesitant.
Eventually, I got to the camping spot and there were about 8 campers. Man… was I surprised, everyone naked and everything was just normal. Everyone was friendly and I had a good chat with almost everyone there. I soon got into the groove and I absolutely loved it.
Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
New Zealand law does not prohibit nakedness, but it’s illegal to go nude for offensive or obscene motives, Kiwis generally accept naturism. Most people do not have a problem with meeting nude people on the beach, secluded and reasonably remote areas. Nude and topless bathing is tolerable by most people. There are no official nude beaches in New Zealand. There are a number of famous and well-established nude and clothing-optional beaches, about 10 famous ones. Most of them are on the North Island. There are also a lot of naturism clubs all over both Islands.
What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The thing I love most is the feeling when you are naked in nature. It cannot be described, it needs to be experienced. There is no better feeling in the world than the freedom of being nude and accepted for whom you are and what you look like. The experience of the wind and sun on your skin is amazing.
The worst thing is that in winter you can’t enjoy the outdoors and New Zealand has got a long winter.
Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
Making naturist friends is really easy. I found all the naturists I met to be easy as. They are friendly and make you feel at ease… no judgement.
What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
You might hesitate the first time to get nude but just do it. It is actually the easiest thing to do. That moment you are naked you will always remember. Also, all of them are nude and they would not even notice that you are naked. They won’t say anything and won’t judge.
Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
I will always remember my first time getting nude at the naturist park and my first time naked on the beach. I am constantly looking for any opportunity to get naked at a club or beach as often and much as possible. I wish that I had done this a long time ago. My life would have been so much better.
Thank you so much for sharing your story, AJ!
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