No joke.

The basalt rock, nicknamed Rocky, was sold on Trade Me by homeowner Phil Johnson, raising more than $60,000 for the Red Cross relief fund, reported

Winning bidders NZSki became Rocky’s ‘legal guardian’.

“We’re anticipating a fair few people will turn out to see him on his long-awaited road trip and maybe even join us for a beer at the Blue Pub in Methven where $1 from each handle sold will go to the Red Cross,” explained ski area manager James McKenzie.

So after ‘extensive’ preparation, Rocky will make the trip to his new home at Mount Hutt Ski Field, weather permitting of course.

Contracting company Sicon spokesperson said, “The crane we’re using is a 50-tonne crane and we’re estimating he’s between 15 and 25 tonne.

“Rocky is basalt rock which usually has a high density as it’s volcanic and has been created under pressure. The only rock that has a higher density is a meteor”.

Not only is Rocky as tough as nails, he has his own Facebook page with nearly 3,000 likes, and ‘World Famous Rock T-shirts’ available for sale in his name.

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