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A Home Away From Home 

Beachfront Retreat,

your own private escape

Hokitika Beachfront
Three Suites
Up to 6 Guests

The heart of
New Zealand’s
West Coast

Drifting Sands is a beachfront retreat located in Hokitika on the untamed West Coast of New Zealand. Nestled on the beach and flanked by the grand Southern Alps, here you can experience both in such close proximity.

Vacationer, explorer or avid traveller, we are your home away from home with a fabulous beachfront to relax and unwind. A perfect base for your west coast adventures with amazing beds, quality linens, infinity beach garden and a cosy fire inside and out.


Our Douglas suite is all about luxury, sink into the sumptuous linens, duvets and pillows. Relax and recharge before a great West Coast adventure outside.  


Unwind on a floating king bed sculpture created from recycled heart rimu. The hotel grade mattress, quality linens and black out thermal velvet drapes will give you the deepest luxurious sleeps and waking so refreshed.


With a view straight to the ocean this queen suite will take you a world away from work and daily demands. Curl up in the sun with your favourite book.


With a king bed and two singles this perfectly positioned suite sits just meters away from those great rolling waves.


Breakfast, lunch or dinner… you won’t want to move or need to. Sit back, relax and let the hours and stress melt away in our private beach garden.


Famous for our mind blowing sunsets, catching the sun sink into the Tasman Sea from our private beach garden offers a different light show every night.


Guest Reviews

 Home away from home – fantastic stay!

Claire, the host, clearly has a keen eye for decor and has collected items from her travels and blended them together to great effect. The bed was extremely comfy and I really appreciated the high quality bed linen.

Claire was an outstanding host, it felt as though we were staying with an old friend, nothing was too much trouble. Claire also provided brilliant recommendations for day trips (Hokitika Gorge is not to be missed) and restaurants (the Gatherer is also a must do). 

We had a fantastic stay, this is a gem of a place, highly recommend!

Clare and Jason Newbury

 Beautiful Stay in a beautiful home

Claire has created a lovely comfortable and welcoming home. She also had great recommendations for what to do in the area and where to eat.

We enjoyed a very relaxing stay in the beautifully decorated bedrooms, living room and many spaces to relax in.

The house backs right onto the beach which has a lovely area of dinning and beanbags where you could watch the beautiful sunset over the beach! Overall it was a lovely place to recharge and have a relaxing stay, we would most definitely return!

Brian and Cosetts

 Absolute Bliss!

Absolute beachfront, private with accommodation that has been loving restored to complement the beauty of the local area. The host is wonderful and her creativity comes alive here. All amenities are taken care of, with a hint of luxury thrown in. A must stay.

Leslie Montserrat

Fantastic time away

We had a lovely short family break with the beach at the doorstep. Lovely and thoughtful decor, very fitting to the beach house. Great to be within 10 minutes walking distance to town and restaurants. The best part was being able to have our dogs with us as well.

Samira Wood

Our best stay in NZ

We made a last minutes booking and it turns out to be our best stay in NZ. Claire is friendly and make us feel like home. The kids have fun and we had a very good rest in her place. The breakfast is wonderful as well. Will definitely go back for our next trip.

Mike & Hannah

Amazing – The best Airbnb I’ve ever stayed at!

Drifting sands is one of the coolest beach houses I’ve seen. I wish we stayed more than one night! Claire is very friendly and welcoming, she has put so much thought and effort into making her place one to remember. We will be back!

Meghan & Patrick

Three nights stay as part of a 150km West Coast Wilderness Experience

Exceptional hosting, attention to detail, an aesthetic that takes Hokitika to the world and back again. Our rooms were luxurious from linen to design, the welcome heart felt. We felt that nothing was left wanting and every need and comfort is heard. Thank you Claire for setting the stage for three perfect nights sleep.

Jane Scripps

What you Get

Amenities, Services, & Travel Guide

Fast Fibre WiFi
Beachfront Fire Pit
Hi Pressure Showers
Free Parking
1350TC Quality Linens
Washer & Dryer
Outdoor Bath
Infinity Beach Garden
Fully Equipped Kitchen
Our Restaurant of choice - Gatherer

We still pinch ourselves daily with disbelief we have such an incredible offering as Gatherer in our teeny beachfront town. The flavours and menu of offer will have you wanting everything.  

Offering a predominantly plant based menu with a beautiful vibrant Mexican flavour influence. Gatherer is licensed and pride themselves on offering a small range of cocktails, low fi, natural wines and a range of craft beers and cider.

Pounamu Carving

For private pounamu tours and carving experiences please get in touch to find out how we can share this amazing experience.

Arts & Culture

Hokitika has a rich and diverse creative core being the capital of pounamu in New Zealand. With the surrounding landscape as inspiration and local resources as the creative medium, many artists and craftspeople have made Hokitika their home.

Annual Events and Festivals

For a little town, Hokitika has some big annual events with the internationally recognised Hokitika Wildfoods Festival and “Driftwood and Sands” the two biggest. We also have several awesome other community events that celebrate what makes Hokitika so special. Come along and join us!

Outdoor & Adventure

Our back yard is an incredible playground. Walking, strolling, hiking, tramping. Whatever you love, there is something to suit your feet within a few minutes of Hokitika. Some say we offer the best range of hikes and rainforest walks in the country.

Day Trips

We have so many epic day trips on our doorstep. With multiple rivers and two lakes, there is unlimited opportunity to get out on the water for some serious fun. For more information or bookings please get in touch.


We Have Vacancy!

Click on the link to the right to book your great escape or
if you have any questions please get in touch
for reservation options.


Voted Traveller’s Choice
Top 10% in the World 8 Years In a Row