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Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat

197 Revell Street Goofing.fantastic.solidifying, Hokitika 7810 New Zealand
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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. Offering an unrivalled ‘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 with a bonfire 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. Leave fully rested, rejuvenated and fuelled for your onward adventures. Your satisfaction is at the heart of our every offering… This is Drifting Sands.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Beach
Bicycle rental
Indoor play area for children
Free airport transportation
Open-air bath
Street parking
Wifi
Game room
Board games / puzzles
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Laundry service
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Blackout curtains
Fireplace
Kitchenette
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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thegarvans wrote a review Feb 2023
Cronulla, Australia198 contributions49 helpful votes
Simply a beautiful residence, tastefully decorated, with a great kitchen, sensational al fresco room, plus absolute beachfront. We enjoyed sunset bonfires each night, alfresco dining in the cabana room, and the outside bathtub. The beds were amazingly comfy, and just a short stroll into town and credit to Claire for making such a magical place
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The kitchen is great, so grab some supplies, cook up a storm and enjoy the sunset over the beach
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Louise wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
We loved our stay at Drifting Sands and are already looking forward to visiting again. Claire is a wonderful host with lots of local knowledge about the area. The beds are all so comfortable with quality bedding and linen making for a brilliant nights sleep. The house is an eclectic mix put together very tastefully with an eye for detail. Being right on the beach is amazing for sunset lovers. Highly recommend Claire and her lovely home for a relaxing West coast holiday. Thank you Claire x Look forward to visiting again.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 16 Feb 2022
Thank you for the incredible review Louise - it was such a pleasure to host you and the family and wonderful to see you enjoy the property in all the ways it was designed to be enjoyed along with all the finer touches - thank you so much for noticing and coming and supporting the little business' as mine in these times. I really look forward to welcoming you, Steve, Samantha and Edward back again one day for a west Coast beachfront retreat. :)
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Maps12659946789 wrote a review Jan 2022
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
We had a great time here!! Hokitika rocks! The house had so many cool touches, lots of retro nostalgia, in the most amazing setting. Loved the appointments through the house, great beds, awesome linen and stylish everywhere you look. We loved the 30 second walk to the beach, bonfires, the glow worm dell (magical) toasting marshmallows, sea caves, volleyball on the beach and not to mention the awesome local cafes!! We can't want to come back for another West Coast adventure!
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 16 Feb 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience of my wee wonderland and making the most of your stay - soaking up all the extra features and noticing all the finer details. It is such a pleasure to create and even more of a pleasure to share. Would love to welcome you back again one day.
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skiwi0 wrote a review Dec 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions26 helpful votes
Very comfortable, very well thought out, interesting features in this place. Just a really cool place, and an equally cool (and friendly and extremely helpful) host. The weather we had had riding up the Wilderness Trail from Ross was very wet but with plenty of dryers to choose from, that was no problem. It would have been great to be able to use the outdoor bath and fire - both reasons to go back. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Tracey C wrote a review Oct 2021
Nelson, New Zealand5 contributions3 helpful votes
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!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 1 Nov 2021
Thank you so much for enjoying all the touches that make Drifting Sands unique and special, we'd love to welcome you back for longer next time. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and loving what we love most about living on the beach. See you next time.
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Julia wrote a review Oct 2021
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Perfect beach location. Can walk to town and glow worm dell. Beautiful sunsets can be soaked from outdoor bath, BBQ or fire. Fantastic vibe with up-cycle boutique at it’s best. Worth every penny. Plan to return.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 18 Oct 2021
Thank you Julia, it was such a pleasure to host you and so wonderful you enjoyed all the best bits that make Drifting Sands so unique and relaxing. Would love to welcome you back again one day! Thanks again for taking time to share your experience of our beachfront retreat.
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Samira M wrote a review Jul 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
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 :-)
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 18 Sept 2021
Thank you so much for the lovely review Samira, It was awesome to host you, your family and your dogs. Such a great playground on the doorstep and wonderful to share the best parts of this location with you all. So great you all had a fabulous time and love to welcome you back again one day.
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JaneB57 wrote a review Apr 2021
Whangarei, New Zealand38 contributions15 helpful votes
3 nights stay as part of a 50km per day West Coast Wilderness Experience, where any and every need and comfort is heard. Exceptional hosting, attention to detail, an aesthetic that takes Hokatika 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. Thank you Clare for setting the stage for 3 perfect nights sleep.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Room Tip: 2 with the sounds of the sea on the shore
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 19 May 2021
Wonderful to meet you Jane and thank you so much for taking time to share the magic you all had on the cycle trail and staying in my wee wonderland. It was such a pleasure to host you, chat, share and learn from you. Thank you for enjoying all the fun nostalgia and luxuries, especially the linens and your amazing deep sleeps!! Happy Birthday Year - Can't wait to welcome you back down here again one day with the whole whanau.
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LeslieMemme wrote a review Nov 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 19 May 2021
Thank you so very much for taking time to share your experience. It was wonderful to host you and thank you for noticing all the little things that make this location and the offering something different and special. Love to welcome you again one day and am sure there will be loads more new things to share :)
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Emma wrote a review Oct 2020
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Claire has put a lot of work into the details of her home. Whether it be the obvious custom floor shower and outdoor bath or the subtle Oars used as curtain holders or homely handmade breakfast. Staying here definitely a highlight of our trip Claire is a wonderful person to have a yarn to and meeting her puppy was an absolute delight! Thank you Claire - that yoghurt really did have just the right amount of coconut Below is a view of the sunset from the front lawn - absolutely stunning
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Claire O'Connell, Owner at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Responded 2 Nov 2020
Thank you so much for the awesome review Emma! Such a pleasure to host you and fabulous to hear you enjoyed all the creative touches and new suites - and of course the breakfast and yummy home made coconut yoghurt :) Best front lawn in the country and love to have you back again one day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Wilderness Gallery (0.7 km), Glow Worm Dell (0.8 km), and Hokitika Beach (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, blackout curtains, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat?
Guests can enjoy breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Hokitika Sandwich Company, Fat Pipi Pizzas, and Stumpers Bar and Cafe.
Does Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat have airport transportation?
Yes, Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Drifting Sands Beachfront Retreat located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Hokitika.