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Gillespies Beach

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Terrigal, Australia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
64 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

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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49 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
33 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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21 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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Wiesbaden, Germany
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Great walk on the beach and lovely lagoon, I added Gillespies Beach to my list for sunrise or sunset photo shootings as this time the weather was not the most favourable.

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Burnley, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The beach has outstanding views and there is a great walk to the old gold mining area, but there is not much to see. There is an old Cemetery which is well worth a visit, with a lot of historical interest.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We cycled from Fox village - not for the faint hearted - and were a little disappointed that the beach was pebbly and shelved so steeply that only very confident swimmers could use it. The remains of the 19th century drilling gear was interesting but it is quite a trek for not a lot. Beware of sand flies. However we... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

After what seemed like a terrible drive along a track that went on and on, there was this wonderful beach and a little community. Lots of young people having a great time. We were so glad we had made the effort to complete the drive. The views back to the mountains were also incredible as the cloud had finally lifted.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We took the road to the beach, but be advised, at least half of the road is gravel! Took much longer to get there than we would have thought. Again, the weather was windy and cloudy, but it was interesting to be on a beach of the Tasman Sea! There were a lot of rock cairns that people had made...saw... More

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Castle Donington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Gillespies Beach is quite a trek to get to down a 12km bumpy track. The beach itself looked spectacular with smooth stones and uninterupted beauty. However, we were only able to stay for 10 minutes as we were bombarded by Sand Flys.

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