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Breath of fresh air

Stopped off here on the way to Fox Glacier, ate our lunch on the beach and went for a walk in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SuziSoo1
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Fantastic

An awesome place to walk after a storm. The driftwood sign is cool, but the highlight has to be the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
968ChrisS
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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All reviews drift wood great beach walk along the beach beautiful sunset black sand wild west coast sunset point long beach crashing waves tasman sea beach front the main street close to town nice walk easy access sunny day new zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped off here on the way to Fox Glacier, ate our lunch on the beach and went for a walk in the town. Very pretty place, some nice boutique shops.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SuziSoo1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a rugged beach that on our visit had a very rough surf with very sandy dirty water. I did actually wonder if people could safely swim in the surf. Obviously famous for the driftwood sign but really nothing compared to other spots along the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An awesome place to walk after a storm. The driftwood sign is cool, but the highlight has to be the mountain of twisted driftwood that has washed up on the beach and the rare opportunity to find pounamu washed up.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 968ChrisS
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is stunning, the ocean crashing onto the shore, there is no actual beach when the tide is in. It’s edged with huge rocks and driftwood everywhere. There is ample parking and lots of picnic tables. There are a couple of food vans nearby,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 186400Caroline
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The town abuts the beach so you can't not see it when in Hokitika. The walkway is well maintained and the area is dog friendly. Be prepared for wind and maybe getting wet from the very strong waves.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At the confluence of the river and The Tasman Sea, it’s worth a 10 minute look. I don’t think anyone is going in swimming. But it’s a good view of the mountains behind town, the river and the Sea.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rogerjm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

To see the Tasman sea crashing onto the beach is spectacular. Also the way that the local people have taken the driftwood and used it to make the town name and other art forms is amazing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris P
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

The west coast rolls in with a salty, fresh spray onto this beach. There is an interesting collection if driftwood that the locals and visitors have made into various sculptures. The scenery as the sun sets into the sea is impressive. We walked to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GeoffreyMcGiraffe
Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

Hokitika is a beautiful little town and definitely worth visiting. We spent three days there and loved every minute. The beach is beautiful, covered with thousands of smooth stones. We were lucky enough to see a seal sunning on the beach just a few metres...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeanine F
Reviewed 9 January 2019

Had a long lovely walk along the beach after dinner and what better way to spend quality time with your loved one(s) than to dip your toes into the soft fine sand while witnessing the beautiful sunset over the horizon. It might just be another...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Brianna T
13 January 2019|
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Response from Jim S | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, no = it is a blacksand beach, as are many of the beaches along the West Coast of the south island. Contains illminite (and very fine gold).
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