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Gillespies Beach

Address: Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 752 0796
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Valentine, TX
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131 reviews 131 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This beach is a little hard to get to - about 30 minute drive down a small, winding dirt road but is a pretty beach! The beach is mostly different colored rocks, very little sand. We just went to see the beach, but it seemed to be a very popular camping spot. If you're in a camper, I think this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Spent a night camping here after visiting Fox Glacier. Nice camp site with plenty of tent spaces - a shame some of the tourists in campervans can't park! Beautiful scenery, nice looking up at the snowy mountains and glacier whilst watching the sun set on a beach. Truly remarkable. Walk down to the lagoon was nice for a picnic, only... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This was a nice West Coast beach new Fox Glacier. Plenty of sandflies but we managed to have a picnic under the shelter. Long drop toilets were reasonable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A gorgeous spot. Easily accessible with vehicle, untouched and a very relaxing spot to sit and contemplate life.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

This beach is located quite remotely behind some hills, accessible by driving 21 km from Fox town (with about 18 km on unpaved road). Just follow the Gillespies Beach Road, and you will end up there pretty straight forward. The beach overlooks Mt Cook from behind, and provides a beautiful Sunset view (when the condition is right). I was treated... More 

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Welsh Borders, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Gillespie Beach is a half hour drive from Fox Glacier, on the way to nowhere, on a rough road. The beach is endlessly long, windy, with odd pebbles of jade among the other stones and some quite surreal driftwood. Worth an outing if you're in the area.

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Sydney, Australia
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

we came by chance and fund the most interesting pebbles: they were marked, signed, written on by who ever visited this beach / glacier area... overs and hikers and campers and utterly interesting to read the maybe 100 signed pebbles, which are piled up at a log many little stone towers had been built, too and we left one as... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Great exploring lots of informative boards and history. Well worth a visit a must for this area. Unspoilt and quiet a great experience.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed the drive along the unsealed road through rainforest. Complete with sheep. Great views of mountains and one spot had wonderful shot of Fox Glacier. Picked up some whet rocks.

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Galway, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Very long drive , we travelled on very wet day , poor roads and finally got to the car park , took the walk out to the ruins, no sea view very grassy. Got to beach gigantic waves , rocky shore with Sherpa roaming . Great fresh sea air

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