General Info

Driftwood and Sand Map

When and Where

Our 2021 Festival will be running from Wednesday 27th - Sunday 31st January.

Watch this space for more details nearer the time!

In 2020 Driftwood & Sand is running between Wednesday 22nd and Sunday 26th January. Prize giving will be at 2pm on Sunday 26th January.

Our guest artist this year is Jack Marsden-Mayer, a Brit transplanted into Whanganui who creates fantastic zoological sculptures out of driftwood.  Check his work out here.

We're still on the Hokitika beach, but we're further south this year, due to there being more Driftwood and Sand there! We're yet to 100% confirm our spot, but we will be easy to find - just follow the colourful flags.
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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.


$10 Adult entry
$5 Junior entry (under 16)