Mt Hutt boulder still in Heathcote

NOT BUDGING: Rocky, the 30-tonne boulder remains lodged in the Heathcote Valley.
NOT BUDGING: Rocky, the 30-tonne boulder remains lodged in the Heathcote Valley.

What ever happened Mt Hutt's boulder?

Among the many stories that captured our attention post-quake, Rocky is worth revisiting.

The boulder crashed into the backdoor of Phil Johnson's Heathcote Valley home on February 22.

Johnson later auctioned the boulder on Trade Me as a charitable fundraiser and the Mt Hutt skifield paid $50,000 to win the rock, estimated to weigh 30 tonne.

The auction was the third most popular in the website's history.

Since then, almost nothing has happened.

Rocky still sits where it came to rest in Johnson's house.

A Mt Hutt spokeswoman said it was waiting for the demolition of the red-zoned property before it could retrieve the boulder.

She said she believed a demolition company had been engaged but had not yet started work.

Mt Hutt intended to install the boulder in its carpark, but could not say when that would happen.

The Press