Wellington naturists bare all for National Nude Gardening Day

Despite some nippy weather, members of a Wellington naturist club have taken part in New Zealand's first ever National Nude Gardening Day.

The Naturist Federation celebrated 60 years of baring all this year, and now boasts 1600 members.

Brent Henderson hopes National Nude Gardening Day, which was celebrated on Saturday, will help grow that number.

"It's like a country club, that all you have to do is take your clothes off," he said. "The old world was the old nudist colony and everyone thought we were all weird. Now we're trying to come out into the world a lot more, to say, what's the big deal?"

There are 130 members at the Wellington club, ranging in age from seven to 80, but members want more to go along and sign up. They even have a heated swimming pool.

"I think people are scared to bring children to a place like this, and they shouldn't, because it's a great way of life to have kids grow up, comfortable with their bodies," said Mr Henderson.

June Campbell-Tong has been a naturist for 55 years.

"Once you've shed your clothes, you're there, that is you," she said.

"The main thing is just look the person in the eye and talk to the person."