NZ · Discover New Zealand during 4 weeks – also in the nude [28 April 2019]
How do you get the idea, to travel from Germany about 20,000 km around almost half the planet for a nude holiday? Quite simple: To see friends from the USA again and to do something together with them, to get to know new things, to meet people and to speak with them, to finally report about it.
And that's how it turned out:
From Austria via Florida …
In 2017, 48 naturists from 10 countries got to know each other during NEWT. One evening, Milt presented nude hiking in the USA. Afterwards he informed us, that he would be in Florida in February and March and that interested naturists could visit him there. That was a great offer. Horst and I visited him in the naturist club "Sunsport Gardens" in Florida, met other naturists there and explored the quite wide surroundings.
During our visit we learned that Milt wanted to explore New Zealand nude in February 2019 with Dan and John (also USA). That was the next temptation.
… to Aotearoa
From 6 February to 5 March 2019, Dan, John and I were able to explore New Zealand with Milt - well prepared and relaxed thanks to his precisely elaborated planning. We travelled 10 days on the South Island, then on the North Island.
The Southern Alps, Fiords - "Fjord" is written "Fiord" here - and Sounds, an extensive network of well-marked hiking routes, water-rich rivers, numerous waterfalls, lonely beaches and much more are to be emphasised. Particularly impressive were giant ferns (trunk height up to 8 m; leaf length up to 3 m), cold rain forests with lush vegetation, columnar Kauri trees and redwoods, which need a group of several people to embrace on of them, geothermal energy around Roturua, boiling lakes and bubbling hot mud holes even in the middle of the city park, thermal bathing opportunities in approx. 39 to - in the "Hot and Cold Water Pool" next to a country road - approx. 46 °C hot streams. The "Hot and Cold Water Pool" was very special - especially hot from an inflowing stream, cool in the main current. So it was very easy, to create a pleasant mixing temperature by gently moving back and forth or to feel two temperatures at the same time.
We travelled between Auckland on the north island and Queenstown on the south island.
Our activities are associated with many memories:
South island – around Queenstown
The South Island of New Zealand is world famous for the so-called Great Tracks – hiking trails over long distances, for which several days have to be planned for each of them, in order to hike them in full length. Accommodation is very popular in the high season and must be booked well in advance.
We preferred, to only travel for a few hours on sections of some of these trails. With the foresighted caution and experience of my friends, hikes were also possible partially in the nude from their point of view without conflict.
Milford Sound – above and below sea level
The Milford Sound is for a long time one of New Zealand's tourist attractions. In the meantime, the Doubtful Sound, which twenty years ago was still an insider tip, has become more touristy and overcrowded. Therefore, we renounced the Doubtful Sound as well as a 4 hour journey from Queenstown to Milford Sound, which is expected from many tourists. Instead, we started very early in Te Anau and reached after two hours the first ship at Milford Sound, which departs in the morning. So, we had time after that for further sightseeing and hiking tours.
In the great outdoors
We saw the daredevils rushing down with a rope on their feet. At the site of the "invention" of this activity, this is called "Bungy" and probably will not be pronounced as "Bungee" and jetboats flying over the water more than driving in it. Others found it great to whiz down a rope and then suddenly be stopped by an obstacle.
Bungy Jumping / KAWARAU ZiPRiDE (video)
We preferred to travel on and explore nature again.
North island – south of Auckland
Force of nature
Compared to the forces and energies of nature, a human is nothing. All too often this is forgotten and the belief is maintained that human technology could counteract this. In view of plants, against which in comparison a human being has the size of an ant, against sea forces, against which nothing can be humanly directed, such an idea of supremacy is presumptuous.
Force of nature: Wind (video)
Force of nature: Water – Huka Falls (video)
Mother Earth is cooking
Around the city of Roturua, geothermal energy causes a lot of heat in the ground. This can also be found in other places on this planet – e.g. in Yellowstone National Park in the USA or on Iceland. Here, the city is located exactly in this area. Maori founded it exactly there centuries ago. When I arrived barefoot in front of a church and noticed, that the ground there was significantly warmer than the surrounding ground, locals told me, that the asphalt, we were walking on from the village square approaching them, was new because lava had broken up here a few weeks earlier.
Force of nature: Geothermics 1 (video)
Force of nature: Geothermics 2 (video)
The mood was good everywhere. On Dan's question "Do you mind nudity?", those present welcomed us positively and accepted our nudity. Often, we heard several languages in one place – international English, German, French, Spanish and even "Kiwi" [Nickname for some sort of New Zealand style English].
Also surprisingly positive was the reaction of residents sitting in a hot pool on the outskirts of their village, which they had worked up into a kind of swimming pool with fixed vertical walls – from the appearance of an outdoor pool, freely accessible, natural water geothermally heated to bathing water temperature. On Dan's question (see above) they allowed us to take off our clothes and sit nude in their pool, with the restriction "As long as there are no children". Although it is a pity, that there are practically everywhere some adults thinking, they have to protect children from the sight of nude bodies - but be honest: How likely would at least such a limited consent be at the edge of a village in Germany?
Force of nature: Mother Nature continuously produces pleasantly tempered bathing water (video)
Again pure naturism
After all the unusual, spectacular experiences, we enjoyed finally returning to naturist tranquility.
New Zealand is a small world of its own in this world with a nature that has developed unusually due to its remote location.
In addition to the landscape and the many friendly people, we also enjoyed the open-hearted community of naturists. Glenne in the Bay of Plenty and Sally in Auckland were attentive reference persons, who brought us into contact with regional naturists. Milt seemed to be flying after these very positive experiences.
Somewhat off the beaten track of places and routes visited by tourists, we always found paths and spots for being nude, where we were almost always alone. Those, who met us there nevertheless, appeared unperturbed.
Impressive were street signs, which drew attention from both directions to the turning to a naturist area. Impressive were also Kauri trees, which stand like a column – no, like a tower in front of you.
Force of nature: Water – Rafting at the Okere Falls (video)
We hiked and bathed … (video)
… even on weekends right next to the dressed ones (video)
On the way, we saw a quite old model "Ford Galaxie" – according to Wikipedia built from 1959 to 1974 – looked like new and went even so. Next to it, half a VW Bus serves a takeaway as a striking decoration with tables and chairs inside.
Oops, other people …
My friends are used to "Cover up!" from their nude hikes in the USA and so, for a German, such precautions happened partly quite frequently. Despite everything, it happened now and then, that we met people without being able to react in this way in time. Everyone, who met us in this way, reacted relaxed and tolerant, as naturists are used to in Germany.
The law in New Zealand is not quite as in favour for nude activities in nature as in Germany, but very close to it. People, who we met far away from build-up areas and tourist centres, behaved apparently relaxed and tolerant as well.
The awareness of nude hiking, for example, is certainly much higher in Germany, since at least 2008 due to media reports in newspapers, printed magazines, broadcasts on public radio and television, because this has effectively promoted the information of a broad public. Naturists, we met in New Zealand, listened with interest regarding that.
"[…] Aotearoa […] is the Māori name for New Zealand. It was originally used by the Māori people in reference to only the North Island but, since the late 19th century, the word has come to refer to the country as a whole. Several meanings have been proposed for the name; the most popular meaning usually given is "long white cloud", or variations thereof. This refers to the cloud formations which helped early Polynesian navigators find the country.
Beginning in the late 20th century, Aotearoa is becoming widespread in the bilingual names of national organisations and institutions. Since the 1990s, it has been customary to sing the New Zealand national anthem, "God Defend New Zealand" (or "Aotearoa"), in both Māori and English,[…] exposing the name to a wider audience. […]
Cit. from: Aotearoa (en.wikipedia.org) – 2019
On New Zealand
"[…] The total land area of New Zealand is 269,652 km², slightly smaller than Italy or the Philippines, but slightly larger than the United Kingdom. While the main islands of the archipelago are never wider than 450 km in an east-west direction, they extend along the main axis in a northeasterly direction for 1,600 km. The total coastline is about 15,134 km. […]
[…] New Zealand was discovered by Polynesians towards the end of the 13th century, but at the latest in the first half of the 14th century, and settled in several waves of immigration. […] The first European to see New Zealand was Dutch sailor Abel Tasman. […] When an expedition under Hendrik Brouwer found out a year later, that the coastal strip found by Tasman did not belong to Staten Landt, the country was called Nova Zeelandia (Latin) or – like the province of Zeeland – Nieuw Zeeland (Dutch), following Australia, which had been called Nova Hollandia or Nieuw Holland. […] It was not until 1769/70, that new expeditions to the waters around the islands known as New Zealand were started. […]"
– Source: de.wikipedia.org (de.wikipedia.org) – 2019 – translated
Besides Britons there were also Scots among the immigrants. This explains place names of Scottish origin and also names like "burn" for "creek" and "glen" for "valley".
– Report and photos / videos: Rainer
Participant's report: Vittorio – Recollection on the Thüringer Naturisten-Tage 2018 [6 February 2019]
Vittorio, Italy, participated in the Thüringer Naturisten-Tage [en: Thuringian Naturist Days] 2018. He speaks and writes excellent German from his student days in Berlin in the 70s and 80s and has provided us with his memories of the hiking experiences in Thuringia in 2018.
On the long hikes, in the inns, in the evenings at the accommodation there was constant talk. Thousands of speeches were connected with each other, with one and the other, and with a third.
The people were open, friendly … and I noticed it because I normally don't feel so open. Calm the spirit, carefree, the smile came to the surface and remained constantly in the face. I was happy every time someone talked to me, have a conversation with me. Each respected the other, his way, his habits, his unique nature.
The fact of being nude was a minor matter, it helped however: It made us live in a state of grace, in a special nature of feelings, so that we automatically were living well together.
For ten days, they were extraordinary interpersonal relationships, as if everyone had always been friends, as if they were friends since ever, and each appreciated the other as nothing but good and friendly. We were on vacation, we were all in a good mood, but I brought home the belief that more positive relationships with people are possible.
Naturally, we were not ashamed of ourselves, of our body, and the fact that the word nudity lost all its raison d'être and no longer denoted a state of emergency, that it was no longer classified and embarrassing, helped us on a material level to have no more fears, uncertainties and caution... and tendency to hide. When you feel completely visible in your body, you feel completely transparent in your mind …