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Sat 20 Dec 2014 In: Events View at Wayback View at NDHA

Are you ready to camp it up? Thousands of LGBT Kiwis will pitch their tent at one of New Zealand's gay camping hotspots over Christmas and New Year’s. Here's our annual look at what's happening this year at Vinegar Hill, Uretiti Beach and Autumn Farm! VINEGAR HILL Located 5kms North of Hunterville in the lower North Island, the enchanted Vinegar Hill camping ground is in the stunning Putai Ngahere Reserve and on the banks of the Rangitikei River. Since the early 1980s, Vinegar Hill has been a popular camping spot attracting over a thousand LGBT people and their families over summer's festival period. This year will be no exception, with a full schedule of events planned right through Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day 2015. Check out the official Facebook group here for the latest information URETITI BEACH Sun, sand, surf and sisters! Uretiti Beach - about 34km south of Whangarei on State Highway One - will get busy with LGBT campers from around 26 December until well into the first week of January. As far as gay camp sites go, Uretiti is second in numbers only to Vinegar Hill, with hundreds of people coming to camp out each year by the beach. The campsite fills up as it gets close to New Year's Eve, so get in early. There's always a massive party for New Years' Eve, a beautiful sandy surf beach to enjoy, and even a stunning coastal track nearby at Mangawhai Heads, plus the Waipu Caves to explore. So what are you waiting for? Jet skis and boats are supplied - just bring your own food, tents and drinks. More info on the campground can be found on the Department of Conservation website. AUTUMN FARM Nestled in the South Island's Takaka Valley, between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman National Parks, you'll find Autumn Farm. Their summer camp retreats started in 1994, with increasing numbers of people from across the globe arriving for the unique holiday experience for gay and bisexual men in a relaxed, clothing-optional, secluded country garden environment. The 2014/2015Autumn Farm Summer Camp runs from Saturday 27 Dec 2014 – Saturday 3 Jan. Accommodation still available Autumn Farm hosts other 'Naked Weeks'. Check their website for the dates and details Wherever you go and whatever you do, wishes you a happy and safe summer break! staff - 20th December 2014    

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First published: Saturday, 20th December 2014 - 8:38am

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