Drifting Sands is a cosy beachfront B&B located in Hokitika on the stunning and rugged West Coast of New Zealand. Whether you’re a single traveller, couple, family or a group of friends – come and make yourself at home.

Snuggling in quality linens, the scent of fresh bread tickling your nose in the morning, the warm hug of a beach bonfire or preparing a good meal together in our fully equiped kitchen to treat yourself after an exciting day.

Just a 5-minute-walk from town you find a place to truly call home. Sleep on hotel grade mattresses, snuggled in feather duvets and quality linens. Enjoy delicious home-made bread and jam’s in the morning and chat with fellow guests at the large flitch dining table.

Relax at the fireplace in the cosy lounge with a cup of tea or coffee and listen to your favourite tunes on our bluetooth Marley speaker. Light a bonfire on the beach and watch our incredible sunset light shows. Get comfy on a Fatboy bean bag in our beach garden or sink into our outdoor hot tub and watch the milky way move across the night sky.

Just lean back and relax, you’re home.

This is Drifting Sands.


“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” – Epicurus

Sharing is at the core of Drifting Sands and all we do. Food was designed to be shared, whether it be around our dining table, in recipe form, or taken far and wide to worldly shores and prepared for family and friends.

Please share, copy, or leave your favourite recipe to be shared by all along with your name and email. In time we aspire to publish a Drifting Sands user guest generated recipe book to further share with all and more.

– Claire and the Drifting Sands family