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Address: Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 752 0796
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Diss, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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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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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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60 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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42 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Quite a long drive in to the beach from the road which was a bit cramped when a bus and campervan came past. Went to see the old gold sluice not sure what I was expecting but it is basically a rusted out heap at the bottom of a sandhill, to be fair there were information boards with the history... More 

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Gillespies Beach is a hidden gem near the village of Fox Glacier. The rounded stone beach itself is most impressive, and the relics of bygone gold mining actiivity are most interesting. There are a number of walks in the vicinity. Access is challenging via a long narrow gravel road. But it is worth a visit if you are at Fox... More 

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

this is a must for beach lovers. The sea is an amazing turquoise blue and and grey sand rough and tingly on your feet. Lovely spot.

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Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The campground here features nice, grassy, abundant tent spaces. The campground is only a short 5 minute walk to the beach. The beach itself was made up of large, smooth, rounded stones and stretched quite a ways down the coast. A great place to hang out and enjoy - if you don't mind the sandflies!

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