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

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Another great event in 'The Bay'

Our annual 'Picnic and Parkover at Pyes Pa' was attended by a good number of members, who either stayed on-site for the weekend or came along for the day. It was good to see some old faces and be able to catch up on their news since we saw them last.
We started on Friday night by putting up the gazebo and enjoying happy hour in its shade as the sun was still very hot. After a shared BBQ there was a lot of socialising until dark.
On Saturday, I had arranged for a group of life-art artists to visit. They did some quick sketches of us relaxing in the gazebo and then took some of the group out around the grounds under the trees. Thanks to those who volunteered to model I think you all enjoyed the experience. Some great drawings were produced in the dappled light under the trees. 

While this was happening, some others went on a scavenger hunt. One member really took it to heart and found 26 of the 30 obscure treasures. It really did require a lot of lateral thinking so well done.
After Happy hour, we shared a BBQ dinner and then watched the sad, funny, cute, poignant movie ‘What We Did on Our Holiday’ on the warm evening as the full moon rose between the massive palm trees on this beautiful property. Afterwards, we toasted marshmallows on the fire in the moonlight. What a magical evening!

On Sunday morning, our own naked chef cooked us breakfast, then a massage therapist did some massages in the gazebo for those who had booked while everyone else just relaxed in the shade of the trees as it was too hot to do anything else!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Gosh - Do we have fun at Bay of Plenty Naturist events!

Another great event was enjoyed with our huge Christmas party weekend being held at a member's private property in Pyes Pa, Tauranga.
The weekend started on Friday, with six motorhomes arriving and setting up amongst the beautiful setting of established trees and palms at 'Phoenix Park'.

On Saturday another three motorhomes settled in. Day visitors started arriving and all the group's attendees happily undertook a 'creature hunt', looking for creatures dotted amongst the trees around the camping area. Some members must have wandered around the area at least 10 times, looking for the creatures - at least they had the time to discover the array of plants at this beautiful park-like garden.
Two couples found 24 out of 25 insects and marine creatures. However, one bug eluded everybody and it wasn't until the next day that number 21, a green spider was pointed out as to its location. It was amazing that the searchers had walked past this many times, looking directly at the spot. It just shows that you can look at something but not see it. Mind you, being a green spider amongst green foliage might have helped its camouflage!!
A few, who wanted a break from creature hunting, played petanque while others relaxed in the shade of the gazebo. Apart from a nearby thunderstorm on Friday night, the weather was perfect all weekend.
Happy hour on Saturday afternoon, led into the evening with a shared BBQ, before we sat around the fire waiting for darkness to arrive (it was almost the longest day)!! Once it was dark enough, we watched a movie 'Stranger than Fiction' outdoors. While some found it a little strange, others found it fascinating, just showing that we all have different tastes when it comes to movies (or anything else). What a boring world it would be if we were all the same!!

On Sunday, BOP Naturists provided a cooked breakfast and much chatter was heard during the morning as everyone found new friends. Two couples from Australia arrived mid-morning (the weekend was timed to coincide with their visit) and it was great to meet them again (Col and I and several other members had met them in Australia over the years).
Of course we were all waiting for Santa to arrive with his three boxes of gifts for everyone (one for males, one for females and one for either) to take a present from. So everyone went home with a small gift.
Once Santa had disposed of his load, lunch was served. This was also provided by BOP Naturists from funds donated or collected through raffles throughout the year. Lunch consisted of pizzas, salads and buns, which were washed down with some liquid refreshments.
After lunch, we went to 'the races' again and held the 'Trans-Tasman Stakes'. First was the 'Fashion in the Field' competition - ladies a hat, men a tie. The men judged the ladies and the ladies judged the men. The winning combination came from the same Whakatane stable, and went home with two bottles of bubbly for their efforts.

Now back to the 'Trans-Tasman Stakes' - Three horses from NZ (Phar Lap, Split Enz and Pavlova) in black and white colours raced against three horses from Ozzie (XXXX, Thong and Underarm!!) in green and gold. Betting was solid and the result of five races was 3-2 in favour of the Kiwis.

After afternoon tea, we all packed up and went our separate ways. This was an extremely well-attended event on our full calendar from throughout the year. I am sure that everyone had a great time and are already looking forward to the next event, which will be a hot pool evening early in the New Year. After that, we will be returning to Pyes Pa for our annual 'Picnic and Parkover at Pyes Pa' when we have invited a group of local artists to join us for some life drawing amongst the trees at 'Phoenix Park'.
If anyone would like to join in the fun events organised for Bay of Plenty Naturists, contact me on All correspondence is by email and it is free to join.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A day at the races - BOP Naturists style

What a great event we had at a member's property near Tauranga last weekend. Over 20 people arrived for the 'BOP Naturists Stakes' at the private 'race course' where fashion in the field was hotly contested. A better looking group of naturists dressed only in a hat (ladies) and tie (men) had never been seen before. Everyone got into the theme of the event and over a picnic lunch on the 'green' overlooking the race track we all were given a glass of bubbly (complete with a strawberry) to complete the theme.
The races were hotly contested, with six 'horses' being ridden by six 'jockeys'. The caller threw two dice - one for the horse and one for the number of paces forward that horse could move. To make things interesting, hurdles were placed along the track and the only way to get over these was to throw an even number. This led to the lead changing as others caught up.

The six horses were appropriately dressed in stable colours and without bias, horse number one won four races in a row! Maybe it was 'Pretty Belinda's' attractive get up that was so popular.

The day culminated in a shared happy hour and BBQ outside as the sun set and this was followed by a movie 'Phar Lap' about the famous NZ race horse's short life.
On Sunday morning, as most of the punters had stayed overnight in their motor homes, BOP Naturists provided a cooked breakfast to round off a great event.
After breakfast, some of us went to the local TECT park for a bike ride on a Grade 2 track. This however proved a little too high a grade for some of us, who were happy to let the fitter ones do several circuits.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fun and games at Katikati Naturist Park

Heavy rain, gale force winds and a massive thunderstorm didn’t deter nearly 50 people from attending the fun and games weekend at KNP last weekend. This was a fantastic event, made all the better by the camaraderie of the members with most participating in the games. 

Because of the weather, we had to revert to plan B and hold all the games indoors, apart from the mini-golf which was played between showers. But the strong gusty wind certainly added a different dimension to the mini-golf, blowing the balls around and even affecting the table tennis which was played in the gazebo! Many of the members present tried out two new games – Wii 10-pin bowling and Wii archery, and despite many not playing them before, a lot said it was more fun that playing the real 10-pin bowling. The draughts and pool were both contests of concentration and at one stage we thought that we would be there all night! But we got most of the games finished before happy hour on Saturday. 

Then the dinner – wow! No-one ever goes hungry at a BOP Naturists pot luck dinner! After dinner, the ‘Quirky Quiz’ had people guessing the “What came next?’ questions.

All in all the weekend was a huge success and everyone went home with a prize as well as many happy memories and new friends. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter activities

Its always difficult to find activities that include naturism over the winter months, but BOP Naturists have been enjoying some fun times nevertheless.

Over the winter months, we held several film nights. Movies we have watched were 'Changeling', 'The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared', 'Those Magnificent Men and their Flying Machines' and Stephen King's 'Misery' on Halloween.

In September, we went to the Classic Flyers Museum in Tauranga for lunch. It was very interesting to go through the (world class) Classic Flyers Museum, to see up-close the magnificent machines that fly.
Of particular interest were the Catalina and the Heron, and the many and varied machines that have had a part to play in all of our lives - whether we appreciate this fact or not. The food at the café was pretty good too.
Inside the Heron - very narrow!
NAC Heron

After the museum, we spent a lovely warm afternoon outside in our private backyard with a few drinks, socialising and soaking in the spa. After a light dinner, we watched the movie ‘Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines’ which was a real hoot, despite most of us having already seen it many years ago.

Once daylight saving was in force, we had an afternoon spa, followed by a BBQ and movie ('Misery') at our place. It was a great afternoon of relaxation and was made even better by some of the group staying overnight and getting up at 5am to watch the All Blacks win the 2015 Rugby World Cup! This was followed by a champagne breakfast, which helped to celebrate our win.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Italian dinner and film night

Italian dinner and film night

The recent Italian night was a great success and we must thank Roy and Sue for their hospitality in hosting us for the event. We had a great 4 course Italian meal consisting of an antipasto platter, Minestrone soup, a main of Chicken Parmigiana followed by Tiramisu for dessert. The meal was finished off with a glass of Limón Cello cocktail and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. After the meal we watched the movie ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ which brought back memories for those of us who have been to that area of Italy.

There were even a few people dressed in Italian colours of green, white and red – also a gondolier and a garlic seller directly from the local market!