Hokitika Driftwood Festival

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February 2nd 2022
Published: February 2nd 2022
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Driftwood and Sand based in Hokitika began as a community beach sculpture event in November 2002. It was conceived by a local artist who saw the driftwood-strewn beach as a fabulous creative opportunity, offering the raw materials and the inspiration for a community art celebration - a sculpture competition with a difference. Every year he is commissioned to build a large “signature piece” to inspire other artists.

Anyone who wishes to register a sculpture may take part. You can vote for your favourite artistic creation.

We saw so many that had been created by children as well more experienced artists.

Snail, Loch Ness Monster, Meatloaf tribute, Hugh Jump, Sharks Fin, several animals but I particularly liked the Sea Glass design and the Spheres.

Always good fun when Patrick’s family come along on the tour.


“Exponential Growth” - Public choice winner.

“Cathedral” - Most illuminated winner.

“Hokitika Ferris Wheel” Best student entry.

“Bat out of Hell” - Most Humorous runner up.

“Turbo Toby” - Most Humorous winner.

“Together We Sand” - Overall

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