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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A friend and I stayed at Drifting Sands for a night in the off season so we got lucky and had the whole bunk room to ourselves! But it felt like home - very cozy and clean and warm! There was a lovely fireplace and jukebox with good tunes. There were also 2 darling kittens that purred instantly upon cuddling... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our room was clean. Amenities included a refrig/freezer, sink, microwave and a nice bathroom. The price was a little dear but for August accommodations on the beach, it was not to be expected. Nice balcony overlooking a large dune and the ocean beyond.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here at the end of July and had a great time. The house, in a great location, is lovely, very cosy with a lovely warm wood burning stove in a comfy sitting room. The room was large, warm and very comfortable. The homemade bread was a lovely bonus in the morning. We also stayed when the owners were... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed here with a friend on our South Island roadie. Unfortunately, it is currently being run by backpackers whilst the owners are away, making it a little subpar. The room was comfortable (one single, one double). The welcome was not the best as we waited for about 30 minutes in the front hall, eventually finding someone who was staying at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

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 July 3, 2015

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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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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