Story: Tramping



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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Carl Walrond, 'Tramping - New Zealand tramping, clubs and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 November 2022)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015