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Gillespies Beach

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Welsh Borders, UK
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181 reviews 181 reviews
28 attraction reviews
236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
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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217 reviews 217 reviews
94 attraction reviews
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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Crewe, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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114 reviews 114 reviews
25 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
64 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Stop at Mt Cook lookout just after lake Matheson for some great afternoon views of Mt Cook and Fox Glacier After a 20km odd drive on cook flat drive then onto a unsealed road you finally reach the Tasman Sea and likely with no one else around. Go for a walk, take some photo's and enjoy the quite life.

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Terrigal, Australia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
68 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We turned off the main road and did a bit of exploring and came upon Gillespies Beach. A very nice drive through the rainforest , then through a private farm with sheep and lambs on the road! I don't know if I would ever swim there as it was scary, with huge seas and debris all over the beach! A... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It is a half an hour to 40 min drive one way from fox glacier and largely gravel road .... Forested.... Very nice drive...... Very pebbly beach.....blackish sand....not sure if it is suitable for going into the water.... Brilliant views of the snow clad peaks in the distance..... There some gold mining exhibits in and around the beach.... I think... More 

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Manchester
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110 reviews 110 reviews
41 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It's a good half hour drive from Fox Glacier and no doubt you will have already visited the exceptional Lake Matheson on the way. The beach is pebble and a bit steep in places, it is very isolated and a lovely place. Not a traffic warden in sight only the sand flies to bother you so go prepared.

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Orange County
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It was a 30 minute drive down an unpaved road to get to the beach. But the view of the mountains while standing in the ocean is worth it. The walk is a few hours to get to the seal colony so plan your time accordingly.

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