2019 Winners - which category will you try for?

2020 Prizes are yet to be fully confirmed, but will be fabulous as always!

2019 Driftwood and Sand Results


A gold coin entry allows the public to vote for the Public Choice and Most Humorous.  In 2020 voting finishes at 1pm on Sunday 26th January.

Categories 2019

Grand Winner 

Chosen by the guest judge

Grand Winner on the beach chosen from ALL category winners

  • Pounamu and Matai Driftwood & Sand Trophy and
  • $100 cash sponsored by Cuff Accountants

Public Choice

Chosen by public vote

  • A kayak trip with Okarito Kayaks 
  • One night at a bach with Okarito Beach House

    Most Humorous 

    Chosen by public vote

    • Carve a jade pendant with Bonz N Stonz, Hokitika
    • $100 cash, sponsored by Cuff Accountants

    Best Student Winner

    Chosen by the guest judge

    • A family pass to the West Coast Treetop Walkway
    • A cruise on Mahinapua Creek with West Coast Scenic Waterways
    • $50 cash, sponsored by Cuff Accountants

    DOC “One Ocean”

    Chosen by guest judge and DOC rep

    • NZ Geographic (year subscription) sponsored by DOC

    Most Natural

    Chosen by the guest judge

    • Two nights for two at Arthur's Pass Alpine Motels

    Most Avant-garde

    Chosen by the guest judge

    • $250 cash sponsored by Cuff Accountants
    • One night for two at Alpine Glacier Motel, Franz Josef
    • Entry to the Glacier Hot Pools, Franz Josef
    Most Ambitious Chosen by the guest judge

    Magical Mahinapua Wilderness Trail Experience for TWO: 

    • Bike Hire from Hokitika Cycles and Sportsworld
    • Bike Transfers with Wilderness Shuttles
    • Two half-hour massages with Hana Massage



    Prizegiving 2020

    Prizegiving is at 2pm on Sunday 26th January.

    The Overall winner is chosen from the winners of the other prize categories and takes home the Driftwood & Sand trophy. All other prizes are generously donated by West Coast businesses.  We encourage our sponsors to offer prizes with a local or environmental theme, such as adventure activities, accommodation and leisure pursuits that celebrate the diversity of this region.  

    Thanks to all our generous sponsors


    Hokitika Cycles and Sportsworld


    Hana Massage


    Okarito Beach House


    Okarito Kayaks

    Department of conservation
    Te Nikau retreat


    Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe Alpine Glacier Motel
      West Coast Scenic Waterways