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Drifting Sands Beachfront Accommodation

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197 Revell St, Hokitika 7810, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked the Drifting sands as it looks warm and comfortable for what we needed - we are a young couple with a one year old and therefore I was looking for simple accommodation where we could stay for one night. When we arrived we found it was actually a hostel rather than accommodation as it had promoted itself. Although... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed only one night last Saturday night ( 27 June 2015 ). Claire the house manager was very friendly and helpful. The room was perfectly adequate with a warm comfortable bed. The room was heated with an oil heater which was ok. The lounge had a fireplace and the fire was going non stop.. nice and cosy. Kitchen was available... More 

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York, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Drifting sands is definitely the coolest hostel I've stayed in so far, it's super stylish for a backpackers and owner Claire is awesome! She took great interest in my local photographs and made me feel very welcome, as well as sharing some of her own artistic experiences with me. Everything is very clean and interior design is great, it's obvious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

Drifting sands has a creative style. Clair has revamped and designed a gorgious hostel with all the comforts and stylish luxury rooms! Best beds in NZ by far :) This place has good vibes, cozy atmosphere and carefully placed contemporary style furnature/ornaments. Come summer time and enjoy the outdoor cinema or in the cooler season 'Oscar' the fire place will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

It was raining and I wanted to drop in hokatiki after a long drive. Just for the night but I ended up staying a bit longer :-). the (wild!) beach was right there, Claire was lovely and had managed to get only lovely people to stay here. And the girl has style! The next day or rained again. And while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This busy backpacker hostel backs directly onto the long wind-swept beach and is only a 10-minute walk from the centre of town. Claire was very welcoming and helpful with regard to activities and restaurants in the area. The overall atmosphere was very friendly, although it did get a little crowded in the common areas and small kitchen, although we never... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We stayed for one night and were very impressed by how warm, homely & cosy this place is. It has a large woodburner in a comfy lounge with WiFi. Guests can use the kitchen & dining room. Claire the owner makes lovely home made bread for guests every morning. The beach is just 3 minutes walk from their private walkway... More 

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Over all this was a great BACKPACKERS place to stay, Double rooms were nice and the bedding was fanastic. When traveling the westcoast it is advisable to stay over night somewhere as Nelson to Wanak/Queenstown is a pretty long drive. So Hokitika looked like a good spot. I had my parents with me so I was a bit cautions of... More 

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

This is a brilliant little hostel to stay in! It has a homely, relaxed atmosphere with clean rooms and comforts such as fast internet, a cosy fire and a garden backing onto the beach (where you can see some spectacular sunsets). Most people seemed to stay for a night or two before travelling on, but we stayed a week and... More 

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Maple Valley, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I was blown away with how comfortable and clean Drifting Sands is. Claire is an incredible manager and she goes out of her way to make everyone feels as comfortable as possible. I have seen every variety of traveler of all ages come and go during my stay at Drifting Sands and everyone seemed very happy with their stay. The... More 

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Claire O, Manager at Drifting Sands Beachfront Accommodation, responded to this review

Thanks for the kind words Jenni! I'm so happy you enjoyed our little wonderland here. :) Hope the rest of your travels are just as magical. Thank you so much for all of your positivity! More 

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