Those who enjoy spending their days nude are inviting others to join them.
The New Zealand Naturist Federation has announced a Go Natural Week to herald the beginning of warmer weather and to raise awareness of the benefits of baring all.
The week will run from October 20 to 28 and federation spokeswoman Donna Miller said it was an opportunity for people to experience the stress relieving freedom that nude recreation brought.
Naturism is by definition "a way of life in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, linked to self-respect and tolerance of differing views together with respect for the environment".
Naturism is a holistic approach to healthy living that leads to an improvement in both physical and mental health, stemming from a person feeling better about themselves and their body, Ms Miller said.
Naturist clubs throughout the country including Bay of Plenty Sun Club at Awakaponga will be celebrating their healthy lifestyle by holding various events during the week. Some clubs are holding open days inviting individuals, couples and families to visit and discover the many benefits of naturism for good health and well being - but there was no obligation to get undressed, Ms Miller said.
"We hope people can accept our invitation to visit one of these venues and have the opportunity to meet some members and to better understand what naturism is all about."
For more informatoin contact Bay of Plenty Sun Club, Matata, 027 440 5157 or email@example.com.