Scavenger hunt in the pursuit of a cute fish

Emily Symon, 3, and her big brother Oliver Symon, 6, took little steps through the park so she could keep up to take in ...
Christine Walsh

Emily Symon, 3, and her big brother Oliver Symon, 6, took little steps through the park so she could keep up to take in the view and find the next clue.

Kids of all ages whizzed around Pukekura Park decoding clues in the pursuit of a cute fish, while others meandered at a more relaxed pace alongside mum and dad.

More than 100 hunters gathered on the Hatchery Lawn for the Summer Scene Finding Dory themed Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday. .  

"We are rapt with the turn out, but were prepared for the numbers either way," said event co-ordinator Amy O'Neill

Scavenger Hunters gathered at the Hatchery Lawn at Pukekura Park for summer fun.
Christine Walsh

Scavenger Hunters gathered at the Hatchery Lawn at Pukekura Park for summer fun.

Each hunting pack was allowed up to six hunters, with the aim to work together to complete the creative challenges that included saying hello to the Sea Turtles at the children's playground and showing Fluke and Rudder, the sea lions, their hula hoop moves.

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Bethanie Lovell deciphering clues with Sasha Ligget, 5, and sister Briar Lovell, 8, at the Festival of Lights Summer ...
Christine Walsh

Bethanie Lovell deciphering clues with Sasha Ligget, 5, and sister Briar Lovell, 8, at the Festival of Lights Summer Scene event.

Pre-teen Bethanie Lovell spearheaded her hunting pack with younger sister Briar Lovell, 8, and Sasha Ligget, 5, who were happy to let her make the scavenging decisions when it came to scouting out the clues.

"It was quite fun doing the activities, and everyone knows who Dory is," said Bethanie.  "I loved that movie."

Ligget was sporting a broken arm in plaster, but that didn't hold her back from joining in on the fun.

Emily Symon, 3, may be asking what scavenger hunt?  As she strolls through Pukekura Park hand in hand with her mum.
Christine Walsh

Emily Symon, 3, may be asking what scavenger hunt? As she strolls through Pukekura Park hand in hand with her mum.

For a few of the more enthusiastic hunters who did not get the "this is not a race" memo, the hunt was over in a flash due to their extremely fast walking pace. 

However, three-year-old Emily Symon was happy her mum and big brother Oliver Symon, 6, took little steps through the park so she could keep up to take in the view. 

Emily was more in  awe of the forest-like surroundings than she was of the hunt.

 "We're happy to take our time, she's just loving the park,"  Belle Symon said.

For many, the fruit stop back at the Hatchery Lawn was a welcoming site, along with the prospect of winning a TSB-sponsored prize once they had handed in their booklet by deadline time.  

TSB helpers may not have banked on the long queue of eager faces that lined up to be transformed into exotic wildlife at the face-painting tents they ran, or just how popular the crayon drawing possie would be.

The Festival of lights summer event was supported by Tag Oil, Vause Well Services, and BTW Company.

 - Stuff

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