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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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Great views.

Long drive from Fox Glacier township but the views along the beech were great, turnaround and the views of the mountains were spectacular.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Peter F
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Tadworth, United Kingdom
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Colorado
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85 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited here in the middle of summer and had the beach to ourselves. Walked the several hours and when we returned to the car park it was teaming with camper vans.

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Thank mmorgan87
Tadworth, United Kingdom
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Long drive from Fox Glacier township but the views along the beech were great, turnaround and the views of the mountains were spectacular.

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Thank Peter F
Norman, OK
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257 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beach one of the many huge one along the western coast of New Zealand's Southern Island. In the sunlight the beach sparkles, because almost all of the pebbles (marble- to saucer-sized) contain fleck of silvery mica. It was a cold and windy day when we stopped here, so there were no people besides us out enjoying it, but evidence... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon this beach as we had sometime to spare while in Fox Glacier. When we saw the sign about the 12km windy road leading to the beach we almost turned around but boy am I happy we didn't! It was a rainy very cloudy day but it was so beautiful on the beach. The rocks were beautiful and... More 

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Charlottetown, Canada
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189 reviews
112 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach is largely stones but some great surf activity and lots of birds. You can walk along the beach to a lagoon or through a trail to an old gold mining sight. You can continue on from the lagoon to an old miners tunnel and even farther from there to a seal colony.Lost of people arriving late in the... More 

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Thank Spuddler
Tadley, United Kingdom
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sunseeker 2020 describes this beautifully. Try a walk in the dunes to the old gold mine workings and, if you are up to it, back along the beach. The bird life seemed quite active in December when we went on a rainy day but at least the sand flies weren't! Nice option if the cloud cover is low and flights... More 

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Thank Graham P
Christchurch, New Zealand
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55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

A very large and long stony beach littered with driftwood. Reached down a long road from Fox glacier, there are several walks in the area including a coastal walk to a seal colony.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We were staying in Fox Glacier when the weather was particularly wet and miserable. It seemed to be clearing from the west so we headed to the beach having braved the 12km single track gravel road. We didn't however meet a single vehicle going in either direction! Once there, the beach was a short walk from the car park. The... More 

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Main Beach, Australia
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

If you are visiting Fox Glacier, this beach is definitely worth the 20 minute drive, just keep left as very narrow road and blind corners also sheep roaming free towards end of trip, beach is amazing such an untouched place we went on a rainy day yet still loved it.

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Thank Claudia P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Great place, but ve aware of the sand flies/mosquitos. we hardly could leave the car. The drive to the beach is an exciting dust road. Thanks to Te Papa

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