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Gillespies Beach

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Address: , Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 752 0796
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Long dusty drive

Arrived on Friday afternoon to an almost empty car park, went for a walk along the beach and when we came back the car park was almost full, vehicles continued to pile in and we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Bexhill, England, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

And well worth a visit. Make sure you walk to the lagoon. When the sea meets the still water it's amazing. Cross the bridge and walk a bit further. Beautiful scenery and very isolated and serene and costs nothing!!

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Bexhill, England, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Arrived on Friday afternoon to an almost empty car park, went for a walk along the beach and when we came back the car park was almost full, vehicles continued to pile in and we were hemmed in. Luckily we'd planned to stay the night. There is only rain water available here, a sign asks you to be careful with... More 

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This is a nice place to go and visit if you are looking to fill in time. We drove out to the beach and it was empty. A nice secluded area, with scenic walks in all directions. A great view of mount cook in the background.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

All my fault, but just as a warning to anyone thinking of visiting. We followed a sign to the beah when our helicopter to the glacier was cancelled (so not in the best frame of mind). Take heed of the warning about the state of the road, we tried it in a camper van, gave up half way and tried... More 

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Diss, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Worth the drive - on unsealed road but through native bush. The vast expanse of beach is covered in driftwood, which has a beauty all of its own, the wild rollers of the Tasman Sea add to the experience. We only saw two other couples, whilst we walked for over an hour.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This beach is well worth visiting, just take care along the unsealed road. We were in a camper and stayed the night in the car park along with many others, very basic but worth it for the views. At sunset take your camera and head to the beach to take some pics, remember to look behind you and take photos... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Road is in good nick and goes for 11km through nice bush but is very narrow and windy although it has an excellent surface. Remember to keep hard to the LEFT and take the corners very slowly. 11 years since I have been Well I've finally done it! Handed in notice of my intention to retire on 1st May. I... More 

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gent/belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Very secluded boulder beach with sunbathing sea lions along the very blue and wild Tasman sea. We also saw some remnants of the gold rush period when walking in the bush (take care of sandflies!) and also encountered a flock of sheep running loose (haha).

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Pattaya, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Did not know what to expect when we went. Yes it quite a ride on the gravel type road very narrow and not sure what around the bends. The Roar of the sea greeted us at the car park Though could not see it. We stood in awe of the wild waves crashing down . The beach is of pebbles... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Ok but very windy, would imagine it would be spectacular at sunset on a still day. Not many people around very isolated when we were there but that could have been because of the weather.

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