General Info

Driftwood and Sand Map

When and where

In 2019 Driftwood & Sand is running between Wednesday 23rd and Sunday 27th January. Prize giving will be at 2pm on Sunday 27th January.

As always the venue is Hokitika beach, just opposite the main shopping area.
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Who can participate?

Anyone who wishes to register a sculpture may take part. This is an event for everyone, not just artists, especially people who are looking for an excuse to spend time on a wild and beautiful West Coast beach. Even those who only wish to watch and marvel can take part by voting for their favourite artistic creation.

Eligibility rules

Any registered sculpture made from beach material is eligible for prizes. Fixings are allowed but must be kept to a minimum and removed later. No dangerous or poisonous substances are allowed. No glass.

Goldrush Town

The town is where sections are available for pioneers (children) to build a beach shanty or diggers dive in honour of Hokitikas early residents.

Anything goes, from hovels to mansions, as long as each house uses materials found on the beach.

There are prizes for the most outstanding digs.


$10 Adult entry
$5 Junior entry (under 16)
$4 Goldrush Town