Rock group on a roll as hidden stones come to light
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.
Katherine Riddell leaves no stone unturned.