During the 1920s and 1930s a few trampers followed a trend popular in Germany – freikörperkultur (free body culture). Naked swimming at the end of a hot day was common in the Tararua Range near Wellington. Men and women would soak in different river pools. Enthusiasts walked the tracks naked, especially if it was mid-week and the weather was hot. These Tararua Tramping Club members pose with their ice axes after swimming in a stream near the Tasman Glacier.
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Tararua Tramping Club, Arch Smith Collection
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