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WELCOME HOME
RESERVE A ROOM FOR YOURSELF AND THE ONES YOU LOVE
COME COOK UP A BANQUET
IN OUR FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
LET'S GET OUTSIDE
WELCOME TO A SERIOUS PLAYGROUND OF DELIGHT
UNRIVALLED SUNSETS
COME PLAY ON OUR FRONT LAWN
SHE DREAMS IN COLOURS...
SHE DREAMS N GOLD
LOVE AT FIRST FLIGHT
OUR SCENIC FLIGHTS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
BEACHFRONT WILDERNESS ON YOUR DOORSTEP
TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
WINTER SPECIALS
EMAIL US FOR OUR GREAT WINTER RATES
LOVE HOKITIKA
COME MEET OUR COOL LITTLE TOWN
WE WATCH MORE OF THESE
THAN NETFLIX
COOL LITTLE TOWN
WEST COAST BEST COAST
HIKE OUR GLACIERS
ASK US ABOUT A HELI-HIKE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET!
ABOUT US

welcome home...

Drifting Sands is a beachfront B&B 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.

Offering an unrivalled friendly welcome and ‘home away from home’ experience we are just a five minute walk from the town centre. We share all our favourite spots and tips for a bespoke tailored time while visiting our cool little town.

We pride ourselves on our quality linens, hotel grade mattresses, pillows and real feather duvets ensuring a sumptuous and well rested sleep. Dine at one of our recommended restaurants or prepare a banquet for your family in our fully equipped kitchen. 

Relax by the fire in our cosy lounge or chill out in the private beach garden. Lie in the hammock with a good book listening to the roar of the crashing waves just metres away. The sunset on our front lawn will take your breath away as it lights up the sky and says goodnight dropping slowly into the Tasman Sea.

After dark stroll to the glow worm dell, light a bonfire on the beach or sink into our stargazing hot tub under the milky way. You will understand why just one night is not enough.

Join us in the morning for our famous signature breakfasts including an array of our own homemade breads, jams, marmalades, teas, coffee and hot chocolate.

Leave fully rested, rejuvenated and fuelled for your onward adventures. Your satisfaction is at the heart of our every offering…

This is Drifting Sands.

ABOUT US

welcome home...

Drifting Sands is a beachfront B&B 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.

Offering an unrivalled friendly welcome and ‘home away from home’ experience we are just a five minute walk from the town centre. We share all our favourite spots and tips for a bespoke tailored time while visiting our cool little town.

We pride ourselves on our quality linens, hotel grade mattresses, pillows and real feather duvets ensuring a sumptuous and well rested sleep. Dine at one of our recommended restaurants or prepare a banquet for your family in our fully equipped kitchen. 

Relax by the fire in our cosy lounge or chill out in the private beach garden. Lie in the hammock with a good book listening to the roar of the crashing waves just metres away. The sunset on our front lawn will take your breath away as it lights up the sky and says goodnight dropping slowly into the Tasman Sea.

After dark stroll to the glow worm dell, light a bonfire on the beach or sink into our stargazing hot tub under the milky way. You will understand why just one night is not enough.

Join us in the morning for our famous signature breakfasts including an array of our own homemade breads, jams, marmalades, teas, coffee and hot chocolate.

Leave fully rested, rejuvenated and fuelled for your onward adventures. Your satisfaction is at the heart of our every offering…

This is Drifting Sands.

services

some of the things our guests love most...

Complimentary Breakfast
From local growers to table, we offer selections of our own homemade breads, jams, marmalade and famous lemon honey
Hotel Grade Mattresses
It's all about the best sleep and we've got your back! You'll love our quality linens, pillow selection & real duvets!
Unlimited Fibre Broadband
Get yourself connected. Unrivalled access to your travel plans, social channels, family, friends and favourite shows.
rooms

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testimonials

we love guests... guests love us

Nancy Titus

“I loved everything about this property. It is a beautiful, homey, cozy retreat. From the moment you enter the door you feel peace & tranquility. Walking to town, restaurants and the glow worms was a breeze. The room and decor were superb and I would definitely recommend this property to anyone lucky enough to visit Hokitika.”

Cherie Sim

“This is a gem in Hokitika! The space is clean, cosy and so thoughtfully designed. Claire is an amazing host and you can tell she goes the extra mile in making everyone feel at home. Stay for breakfast if you can because the homemade jams and bread turned out to be one of our favourite breakfasts in New Zealand!”

Nancy Titus

“I loved everything about this property. It is a beautiful, homey, cozy retreat and from the moment you enter the door you feel peace and tranquility. Walking to town, restaurants and the glow worms was a breeze. The room and decor were superb and I would definitely recommend this property to anyone lucky enough to visit Hokitika.”

Mikey Hagan-Peter

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Teya Lloyd 11yrs

“The accommodation at Drifting Sands was A+.  As soon as I walked into the reception I was already feeling at home. I remember every morning there was fresh homemade bread with a wide range of jams and a pot of hot tea waiting on the dining table. Each room has their own little touch. I loved hopping into a freshly made bed and going to sleep listening to the birds whistling away, it was so peaceful. Claire has done so much work and she has great taste.”

Mali Lloyd 9yrs

“Claire is a great fit for the location and it makes you feel extremely great. It is a nice feeling after a big day out to come into this epic place on the beach. The people at this B&B make you feel like a local and treated in the best way possible. I can’t wait to go back!  From a big fan of Drifting Sands”

Denissa Hora

“You will love your stay at Drifting Sands, it’s a great base to introduce the West Coast to any visitors. Perfect walking distance to town and the beach is right outside for long walks, roaring waves and fresh air which sweep your mind clean. Claire is the perfect host with quality comforts of home and tasteful attention to detail. My family loved their stay and we will definitely return as it’s a perfect weekend away from the East Coast for us.”

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