Black Light Torch webYAHOOO! The Black Light torches have arrived! After being totally frustrated that no one would stock them for us in Timaru, we imported some in from overseas. These torches are available to buy for $5 each. The small profit that we make goes to the Friends of Aigantighe tagged fund for Timaru Rocks to keep our rock boxes stocked up, PLUS we are working on a special event using fluro paint, invisible ink and black light !!!

  1. Contact Roselyn Fauth 
    (President of the Friends of Aigantighe and Timaru Rocks Admin)
    Private Facebook message Roselyn to: 
    or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    to arrnge collection of the torch

  2. Pay via Internet banking to:
    Friends of Aigantighe Art Gallery
    SBS Bank: 031-355-0733-195-00
    Please include your name as a reference and "Torch" so we know who the funds are from and what they are for).

Now you have the torch... here are some fluorescent products suggestions...

Neon ReseneNeon AcyrlicPaintNeon Sharpies singlesNeon Varnish2Neon InvisibleInkPen


We have a few packs of the 6 mini Fluro paints $5 and invisible ink pens $3 (inc batteries) that we can add to your order. These are also available at Warehouse Stationery.
Resene Fluro paint is available from Resene Colour Shop Timaru (Elizabeth St) and the spray cans of clear varnish are available from Super Cheap Auto, Timaru Warehouse, Mitre10, Warehouse stationery from $8 - $37.

NOTE: If you are planning of leaving your Fluro rocks outside, please make sure you have protected them from the rain and frost so the paint doesn't run off and damage the environment or little hands. The best varnish options for fluro paints are ones that do not contian UV filters, such as spray cans of clear acrylic available fom Mitre10, The Warehouse, Warehouse stationery, SuperCheap Auto, Repco etc... prices range from $8 -$32.

“These are some of the products we like to use to create rocks, but you can go to town using what-ever you have” – Roselyn Fauth

Resene Paints: Bright vivid colours that are waterbased. And there are even sparkly paints! Check your supermarket dockets for “buy one get 1 free”. Resene also have a month when they do “feed the Need” exchange a food Tin for a Test pot – this means you could get 8 test pots and exchange for 8 test pots (8 is the max to each house hold for a mini 200g can of human food). (In 2017 the month was February.)

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The idea is to paint some rocks and hide them in places around Timaru for others to find, re-hide or keep.

The Friends of the Aigantighe Art Gallery are proud to support the rocking craze by recieving donations and hosting events. Creativity is a great way to bring our community together to celebrate the love of arts.

Join the Facebook group to learn more:

Painted rock hunting: It's the latest craze to take over, not only our spare time, but social media too. You may have seen a few photos flash up on your Facebook feed as people around the country and the world are painting, hiding and seeking out decorated rocks. It's a cheap and easy activity for families, adds fun to a simple walk and has so many added benefits!
You can be a painter, a finder or both. Decorated rocks are hidden outdoors - at playgrounds, in parks, on bushwalks, at the beach - pretty much anywhere (whilst avoiding private property and sacred places like cemeteries). The rocks are labelled to connect them back to a Facebook group where members can show off their finds. It's a modern treasure hunt.

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We have three community rocks box's that you can borrow for your group to create rocks for us to find. Two are full to the brim thanks to loads of generous business's in Timaru including the Oxford, the other is a Neon rock box kit. 

Arranging a Rock Box booking

If you would like to arrange to borrow a rock box, please send a Private Facebook message to: or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The council is notifying their contractors, and just wanted to remind us to hide rocks away from areas that could be picked up by lawnmowers, not too close to waterways, or at the cemetery.
Here is a summary of hiding spots in Timaru!

Aigantighe Sculpture Garden

Timaru Botanic Gardens
Caroline Bay and Benvenue Cliffs

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There ARE NO RULES about what you should do when you find a Painted Rock. In saying this, the TimaruRocks Facebook Admin Team does have rules about how this Facebook group functions. the goal is to be an inclusive, positive, kind and family-friendly. So here are our suggestions:

  • Cemeteries are out of bounds.
  • Keep rocks off grass so they don’t wreck a council mower, or flick up and hurt someone.
  • Seal your rocks to handle the rain/frost. (use a spray or paint on varnish, don't use ModPog or glues like PVA, they go gluey when wet) Resene test pots are ideal for exterior use and don't require sealing.
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