Rock craze takes hold in Timaru

February 27 2017
Tess Brunton

South Canterbury residents and business owners are getting involved in an international craze which recently reached Timaru.
Labelled a 'modern day treasure hunt', the TimaruRocks group was established to help spread the craze which sees participants paint rocks and hide them in public places for others to find, re-hide or keep..
Timaru artist and graphic designer Roselyn Fauth, who started the TimaruRocks Facebook page in late January, said there were probably more than 1000 rocks hidden in public places across Timaru.
Within two days, the group had more than 300 members after Fauth painted rocks with the page name and hid them around the Aigantighe Art Gallery.
"And the number is growing every day," Fauth said.
The group will launch a collection of painted rocks, with business logos, for people to win prizes from Sunday at a Children's Day event, she said.

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Jack Joines, 4, left, and Caitlyn Mose, 3, paint up their rocks.


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Cooper Hamilton, 4, centre, Bellah Doyle-Geddis, 4, rear and Tristan Phipps, 3, look for a place to hide their painted rocks.


Todd Mudie Group and The Warehouse had already donated paints and prizes to aid the group.

"Hopefully more organisations will follow suit."

TimaruRocks Facebook page co-administrator Bec Bisman said her family was obsessed with the craze, and said the trend had "taken off worldwide".

"Up north, businesses hide rocks with their logo or the like on them and if found, the rock is redeemable for a prize," Bisman said.

"The kids love the hunt and parents are ever more becoming the ones who will stay up enjoying the painting," she said.

"We are creating every day."

Bisman adds 'The Hide Mum' to the bottom of her rocks.

Fauth said about 1100 people were members of the group and 35,900 people were talking about TimaruRocks online.

"They are constantly being found and moved around and re-hidden. This is part of the excitement, there is no guarantee that you will find a rock, or that your rock will be found or rehidden."

It had become a modern day treasure hunt, Fauth said.‚Äč

"The Rocks have highlighted how much the community has been looking for a creative outlet," Fauth said.

West End Kindergarten head teacher Rachel Pringle said the children had painted and hidden 20 rocks last week.

"I don't think it's going to fade out," Pringle said.

It was exciting for adults and children, but it encouraged children to give back to the community by painting and hiding their own rocks for people to find, she said.

TimaruRocks was a simple idea to get people outside and interacting with their community, she said.

The Aigantighe Art Gallery will host a Children's Day Rock Picnic on Sunday from 11.30am to create, hide and find rocks for prizes.