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Gillespies Beach

Address: Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 752 0796
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

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 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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77 reviews 77 reviews
49 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

If you are looking for another place to visit & have a couple of days in Franz or Fox pop down to Gillespies Beach for a wonder. Best on a nicer day ,but pretty wild coast line anytime. Fantastic views back to Alps ,old gold mining relics & seal colony.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We had heard good things about this beach so headed off with high expectations. BUT found ... A rocky beach at the end of a dusty gravel road. Corrugations needed grading !

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Valentine, TX
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64 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

This beach is a little hard to get to - about 30 minute drive down a small, winding dirt road but is a pretty beach! The beach is mostly different colored rocks, very little sand. We just went to see the beach, but it seemed to be a very popular camping spot. If you're in a camper, I think this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Spent a night camping here after visiting Fox Glacier. Nice camp site with plenty of tent spaces - a shame some of the tourists in campervans can't park! Beautiful scenery, nice looking up at the snowy mountains and glacier whilst watching the sun set on a beach. Truly remarkable. Walk down to the lagoon was nice for a picnic, only... More 

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This was a nice West Coast beach new Fox Glacier. Plenty of sandflies but we managed to have a picnic under the shelter. Long drop toilets were reasonable.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

A gorgeous spot. Easily accessible with vehicle, untouched and a very relaxing spot to sit and contemplate life.

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