Sunday, November 12, 2017

Our annual fun games weekend at Katikati Naturist Park

This year was the best ever attendance at this event. Over 50 members enjoyed a fun-filled weekend of socialising, fun activities and plenty of food.
We started out the main activities on Saturday morning with morning tea and then the games began. The forecast was for heavy rain in the afternoon so we put plan B into force and opted for indoor games. Even without the rain it would have been too cold outside although we added mini-golf to the games which could be played between showers
The indoor games played were pool (8 ball), darts, table tennis and Wii ten-pin bowling. This was a game that only a few had played before, but which most people had a go at.

Some even got hooked and tried out the tennis and basketball with mixed success. We played all doubles with the other games, as with up to 20 players wanting to take part, we would have run out of time for singles. The members all helped with the running of the draws, which meant that by happy hour, all the games were completed and everyone knew everyone! Afternoon tea was served while the games were being played.
Happy hour turned into a pot luck dinner with plenty of food for all. After dinner we had a quiz, which certainly tested the knowledge of everyone present.
On Sunday morning, the All Blacks were playing France. As Katikati Naturist Park now has Sky TV hooked up, many people wanted to see the game live on the big screen. So we served a continental breakfast before the game and hot savouries at half time.

After the game (which in case you didn't know, NZ won) we served a cooked brunch of bacon, eggs, hash browns and baked beans.Then it came to the prize giving - not just for the winners of the games but for everyone for attending. So no-one went home empty-handed.
This rounded off another very successful event for the Bay of Plenty Naturist group and we would like to thank Tom and Ami from KNP for hosting us for this event. We will be back again next November to repeat this annual event.

Winter activities

During the winter, we had monthly hot pool nights in Tauranga with a two course meal and swim. These nights have become very successful with over 40 members soaking up the warm water and ambiance of the location. The chatter is continual throughout the 4 hour period we have the use of the pool for.
These nights are a good way to introduce people to the naturist lifestyle and will continue into 2018 on a monthly basis.

We have also held a spa and movie night in Tauranga in July which was an enjoyable way to spend a mid-winter evening. The spa was welcome as was the roaring fire!
The movie shown was 'Oddball' a true story set in southern Victoria in Australia about a Maremma dog which protected penguins on an offshore island from marauding foxes. It was a great family, feel-good movie with a bit of comedy thrown in for good measure.

Opoutere beach weekend

Just catching up on events for the middle part of 2017.
We spent a successful, well attended weekend at Opoutere beach in February.The weather was good and members spent most of the time body boarding and swimming. Some went walking along the 5km beach wearing not much more than a sunhat, while others went fishing with limited success.
The happy hour went into a shared BBQ followed by more dusk fishing or chatter in the mild evening.
It was a great get together at a great location.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Another successful fun weekend for Bay of Plenty Naturists

What a great time BOP Naturists had at our annual Pyes Pa weekend! And what a great turnout it was. Even the weather, which had been very windy all week and raining Friday morning, played ball by dropping the wind and allowed us to put up the gazebo. We only had a few showers on Sunday morning, so the gazebo did its job and gave us cover from the rain too.
We kicked off Friday with happy hour as members of the BOP Naturists started arriving. This was followed by a self-catered dinner. After we had all eaten, with the help of our 8 year old 'fireman' we lit the fire and all sat around watching the full moon rise behind  the tall trees.

Next morning we welcomed a warm hazy/sunny day. And no wind! It was a day when we had a group of life artists come along to sketch any willing models. After setting up their gear, models were called for and there was no shortage of willing participants. They stayed on until late afternoon and were very pleased to have been invited along.








While the artists were busy, other members took on the new game Kubb. This is a Swedish Viking game and it was the first time we had brought it along to an event. It proved a good investment and the field was always being used as more and more joined in the fun. Even our 8 year old 'fireman' managed to beat some of us older members!



After the artists departed it was happy hour time and at this time I was able to present one couple who had just celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, with two silver goblets, donated by a member. What an amazing achievement!! Unfortunately the group couldn't afford diamonds!
















After a shared BBQ/pot luck dinner, we all sat around the fire until it was dark enough to set up the outdoor movie. This year it was 'The Danish Girl' and those who watched it enjoyed it till 11pm when we all headed for a good night's sleep in our respective accommodations.



















Sunday was a little drizzly but warm so this didn't stop our own Naked Chef from cooking everyone breakfast. Once that was over, Michelle our masseuse came along to relieve the aches and pains from those who had booked a massage with her.

We also had our own reflexologist, Marie from 'Inner Space' giving treatments over the weekend. Another member brought along her home-made jewellery so the whole weekend was one of relaxation, artistry and fun.



Our thanks go to our hosts for offering their lovely place to us once again. It is certainly appreciated, not just by me but by all who attended.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Santa visits BOP Naturists

Santa came to visit all the good members of BOP Naturists at their monthly hot pool night earlier in the week, handing out small gifts to everyone as they arrived. BOP Naturists provided wine, beer and non-alcoholic drinks poolside so while socialising, members could enjoy a drink as well.

There was a good turnout of 40 members who had a meal in the cafe, and soaked in the hot pool both before and after the meal. It was obviously an evening all members enjoyed, with many staying on till close down at 9pm.

BOP Naturists are a really lovely group of people, who all get on so well together. This is obvious with the volume of chatter going on all around the large pool. Several new members were made very welcome and really enjoyed the camaraderie of the existing members.

Over summer, BOP Naturists are holding more fun events so contact me on bopnaturists@gmail.com if you would like to join this rapidly growing group with now over 930 members from all over the world. Its free and a lot of fun!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Fun weekend at Katikati Naturist Park

About 40 BOP Naturists had a great weekend at KNP over the weekend. With the weather forecast looking bleak earlier in the week, the weather Gods did do their best to stuff things up, but it didn't affect the activities. We had all four seasons in one day on Saturday, with sunshine interspersed with showers and a strong biting wind. My previous discussions with the weather Gods must have worked though, as they kept the heavy rain away until after the petanque draw was finished.
We had more sports entries than ever before this year, showing how much the group members enjoyed themselves. We had 12 couples entered in the petanque doubles - a huge turnout, but with 16 individuals entered for the pool singles, we had to make the contest into doubles to fit them all in. Most members played the daunting mini-golf course, frisbee golf and some played in the table tennis singles. Congratulations to all the winners and also thanks for the good sportsmanship you all showed.
After happy hour on Saturday, we all donated something for the shared meal and then had a slideshow showing some naturist sites in northern Queensland recently visited by myself and Col. Then to the quiz, which included some tricky brain teasers and questions from the latest BOP Naturists newsletter. Then we found out who reads it and who doesn't!!
The next morning, BOP Naturists provided a breakfast for everyone and after that we had the prize giving where everyone present received a prize for not necessarily winning but doing something (some helpful, some hilarious)!
But the best part of the weekend was the camaraderie shown among the members. There was constant chatter, laughter and inclusion of everyone into the proceedings. We even gained new members from visitors staying at KNP, so all in all, it was a fantastic weekend.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Winter activities

Over the winter, BOP Naturists have not been hibernating! We have held monthly hot pool nights which have been very successful. On most nights, we had over 35 members enjoying the warm water and starry nights at the pools.
We have also held a couple of successful spa and movie nights. Soup, buns and nibbles were provided for all members at no cost. The spa was well patronised on a first-in first-out basis as the space was limited, but this didn't stop everyone being able to warm up before the movie. Movies we watched were 'Still Mine' and 'Captain Phillips'.
Our annual 'Polar Plunge' at Katikati Naturist Park was another great day with nice sunny weather. The mulled wine and spa pool certainly helped warm everyone up after the plunge.

















Summer activities are now being planned, starting with a fun games weekend at Katikati Naturist Park in November. To join in the fun email bopnaturists@gmail.com.