Marahau and the Madhouse

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So this week was spent enjoying one of the greatest kiwi past times...baching at the beach with whanau! We headed to Abel Tasman National Park to Marahau with Josh, his five sibling's their five partners and our collective nine bambinos.  Our first feat in the adventure was to bundle up my three month old friend.  I was shamed at the airport when Josh's sister and hubby managed one trolley with three babies...

Marahau - Vilo Blog

as we struggled with TWO trolleys and one baby! Who'd have thought that one tiny person would require so much fanfare?  After an apprehensive flight where our little friend was, I'm happy to gloat...a complete dreamboat! We met with some of the sibs in Nelson and headed to Marahau in Abel Tasman National Park.  Thanks to some fabulous connections, this was our third trip to the Bach.  On previous adventures down here, I've thrown myself into (and off of) the mountain bike tracks at Kaiteriteri...

Mountain Biking - Vilo Blog

and enjoyed long meandering runs along Abel Tasman Coast Track complete with fantails and wekas...

Abel Tasman - Vilo Blog

This year, my dismally plummeting fitness meant a more relaxed affair.  With my smiling three month old friend and her eight scrumptious cousins, I was able to enjoy a new kind of fun. We spent our time on sunny walks, enjoying water play at the vast array of beaches...

Vilo Blog - Marahau

(Split Apple Beach, Kaiteriteri and Stephen's Bay to name a few!), a sneaky mumma's only happy hour date and a less sedate day sea-biscuiting...

Sea Biscuit - Marahau

where my friend enjoyed her first tinny trip!

Boating Marahau - Vilo

That face says it all. While she didn't cry, I can't conclude our water baby is a speed boat kind of girl and she is much happier under sail than horse power.  Josh managed a few mountain bike trips which this year thankfully,  didn't claim casualties.  The same couldn't be said for the odd version of rugby played at Stephen's Bay where my English brother-in-law lost his toenail. The jury has yet to decide on whether the dismal throw or appalling catch was to blame...

 ...and so a small piece of the Englishman will be forever part of New Zealand's pristine coastline.  To make up for the injury, Josh, myself and the keener family members spent an evening doing a childhood favorite...cockling. 

Marahau - Vilo Wood sunglasses

Our foraged meal was enjoyed over the final luncheon, complete with a few cheeky beers, blistering sunshine and great company.  Many people's eyes were agog at the thought of twelve adults and nine littlies rubbing alongside under one and a half roofs (including the tent) but it really was a fabulous time that came to an end far too quickly.  However there's plenty of summer still to be had on our return to the winter-less North!   

It hasn't been all sunshine and loveliness...this week Josh worked really hard installing the "Virtual Try It On" program to our website, where Vilo fans can try on their favorite sunnies via webcam or uploading a photo. It works with all face shapes and head sizes

...seriously EVERY face shape! Have a giggle with some of our more out there designs and let us know what you think.  Spread your giggle with pals by sharing you virtual Try It On via facebook.  At this stage it's currently easiest to work via desktop. 

Click Here To See The Range: Wooden Sunglasses

To plan your own Abel Tasman Adventure visit Be sure to check out the trails at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park at


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