It was a cold day and the members of the club were wearing clothes which is unusual when you realise they are naturists.
The South Canterbury Sun Club members meet every second weekend of the month, sit around naked and socialise.
They bringing their own caravans to sleep in, staying on the former Tripp Settlement School grounds where the club has had a caretaker agreement with the Department of Conservation since 1990. There’s a pool, tennis court, a couple of cabins, lounge/kitchen and ablution blocks. The club originally started in 1971 on a site in Pleasant Point.
The members, all over 50, would only offer their first names as they do not want to be ridiculed by people who do not understand their desire to be close to nature.
Potential new members undergo a trial period of at least three weekends and then have to apply to join. They may get police checked and could get turned down even if they have no convictions if the existing members don’t feel comfortable with them.
“Men don’t have any trouble getting their kit off compared to women,”Chris
Some clubs have a year’s probation, Chris says.
“Ballet is pathetic to me but it’s what some people want to do,” she says in defence of the club.
She became a naturist through her husband and it took a few years of going to the Nelson Sun Club camp in Mapua before she felt at ease undressed in front of other people. He liked wandering around their garden in the buff and it progressed from there.
“Men don’t have any trouble getting their kit off compared to women,” Chris says.
Original publication 28 September, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 15th October 2020
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