The Katikati Naturist Park is the most upscale naturist resort in New Zealand. Although it is by no means 5-star (and there are no cafes or restaurants on site) it does offer the opportunity to be clothes-free in a comfortable and friendly environment. This can best be described as a holiday park/campsite with some upscale facilities.
Location and How to Get There
When leaving Katikati on the main road heading south look out for Wharawhara Road on the right. One kilometer down that road, and on the left hand side, you will see a prominent sign identifying the park's entrance.
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The Park is in a delightful and secluded spot, in a sheltered valley and with a stream running across the southern boundary. The grounds are well maintained and there are pleasant walks throughout the property.
As you would expect from a holiday park, there are sites available for tents, caravans, camper vans and motorhomes. There are also caravans for rent and a range of self contained units, some of which have their own showers, kitchens and toilets.
The most upscale of these is a newly-built two-bedroom motel unit which is very well appointed. At only $100 per night (peak summer season) this probably represents the best value motel unit in the country, clothed or not!
The facilities at the Katikati Naturist Park are truly outstanding, and much more than you would get at your average holiday park. The owners have certainly gone to a lot of effort to make this an enjoyable place to stay.
In addition to communal shower, washing and cooking blocks for those not staying in self-contained units, the facilities include:
Large swimming pool: This is surrounded by a nice grassy area for sunbathing and relaxing.
Spa Pools: There are two spa pools, semi enclosed within a pergola.
Sauna, Mini Golf, Pool Table, Table Tennis (ping pong), Trampoline, Petanque, Outdoor Chess
There are no eating places on site, or even a store where you can purchase supplies. However, Katikati town is only 3 kilometers away and it has a supermarket and a few cafes and takeaway bars.
If you're not wanting to self-cater and you feel like a nice meal out, however, you won't find Katikati very inspiring. The best option for a good restaurant is to travel through to Tauranga.
Atmosphere, Rules and Behavior
The Katikati Naturist Park has a very friendly atmosphere. It is a great place to meet interesting people from all over the world, as it does seem to attract quite an international crowd. Guests tend to be of all ages; they are predominately couples although there are often families there as well.
However if you just wish to stick to yourself that is perfectly fine too.
The owners have been careful to ensure there are no unsavory elements by having a few rules. Firstly, this is not a clothing-optional resort; although being naked is not mandatory (apart from in the pool, spas and sauna), it is expected unless the weather is bad. However, there is no pressure for newcomers to strip until they are comfortable with the idea - which for most is sooner than they think it would be!
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When to Visit
Obviously the best time to enjoy the Katikati Naturist Park is over the summer months. However, the Park sits in a sheltered spot that has its own microclimate. As a result it is pleasant at any time of year. And if it gets a bit chilly there's always the hot spa to warm up in.
If you wish to visit in the height of summer (especially January) it is wise to book ahead. This is a popular place and it can often be full in January. At other times, booking is not essential, but it is advisable, particularly for the motel unit.
Katikati Naturist Park Contact Info:
- Phone tollfree (within New Zealand) 0800 4 567 567
- Website: www.katikati-naturist-park.co.nz