Rock group on a roll as hid­den stones come to light

Marlborough Midweek - - BIG READ - PAULA HULBURT

A new rock group is fast gath­er­ing groupies who are leav­ing no stone un­turned in their quest for fun.

The craze for dec­o­rat­ing and hid­ing rocks around Marl­bor­ough and even fur­ther afield has gar­nered hun­dreds of fans.

The school hol­i­days has led to a boom in the past-time which is favoured by chil­dren and adults alike.

Devo­tees say the hobby is also help­ing get fam­i­lies out into the fresh air and is prov­ing pop­u­lar na­tion­wide.

Mum-of-two Sam Dodds brought the pas­sion to Marl­bor­ough after she dis­cov­ered some stones painted with an ice cream de­sign while on hol­i­day in the North Is­land. The Plun­ket Blenheim com­mu­nity ser­vices co­or­di­na­tor says chil­dren across the area have been step­ping-up and help­ing hide stones.

‘‘I thought straight away that it was a great idea and it’s got a lot of trac­tion.

‘‘I love the fact that peo­ple are go­ing out there and get­ting in­volved. It’s not just about dec­o­rat­ing rocks, it’s about do­ing things as a fam­ily or just get­ting out­side and go­ing for a walk.

‘‘My chil­dren just love it. As soon as it went on it went on so­cial me­dia it just went kapow!’’ she says.

Rocks are hid­den across the re­gion, es­pe­cially in parks and re­serves.

Mem­bers can post photos of rocks they have painted and let other mem­bers know where they have hid­den them.

Marl­bor­ough Rocks mem­ber Kather­ine Rid­dle says she has dis­cov­ered around 40 rocks since she started search­ing around three months ago.

‘‘I’ve hid­den rocks out­side the re­gion too - there are even some wait­ing out­side the na­tional ter­mi­nal at Christchurch air­port.’’

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit the Marl­bor­ough Rocks Facebook page.

PHOTO: PAULA HULBURT/STUFF

Kather­ine Rid­dell leaves no stone un­turned.

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