A gold coin entry allows the public to vote for the Public Choice and Most Humorous.  Voting finishes at 1pm on Sunday 28th January.

Guest Judge

Rebecca Geary. 
Geary is an internationally exhibited artist who divides her time between her London and Hokitika studios.


Grand Winner 

Chosen by the guest judge

Best sculpture 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
    • Also a JUNIOR prize of a jade pendant, sponsored by Brett & Janice

    Most Natural

    Chosen by the guest judge

    • Two nights for two at Te Nikau Retreat, Punakaiki

    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

    Two Lucky Voter Prizes

    • 2 x $25 gift vouchers from the 3 Little Birds Coffee Cart



    Prizegiving is at 2pm on Sunday 28th 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 hostel


    Okarito Nature Tours

    Department of conservation
    Te Nikau retreat


    Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe Alpine Glacier Motel


    Thanks also to West CircleShining StarSunshinz, Clock Tower Café, West Coast PrintWestland Medical CentreJade Court Motor Lodge Aneden Motels and the Bella Vista Motel.

    In-kind support provided by

    mediafix beachfront hotel