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“Simply special” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gillespies Beach

Gillespies Beach
Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
64 3 752 0796
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Hokitika
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“Simply special”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Go and see for yourselves. You won't be disappointed. Amazing driftwood, seals, ver few people and a sea so blue and golden sands...

Visited December 2012
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“Serene beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We headed for this beach towards the end of a day in Fox Glacier township. You will need a car (or if you are exceptionally fit you can use a mountain bike). The drive takes you past Lake Matheson and then along a narrow and winding road for about 10 km till you reach a car park. From the car park follow the signs for the beach. The first thing that you see is the amazing turquoise colour of the water which turns blue towards the horizon. As you take a few more steps you encounter a very wide beach that stretches left and right. It is covered by smooth flat stones of varying hues. All along the beach are strewn pieces of drift wood - some the size of a tree. Bring your camera and creative sense. You will love it. There are some picnic tables - one of which is under shelter - so bring your lunch or dinner and enjoy the fresh air.

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chippenham
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“Wild shoreline”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

It would have been handy if a signpost had indicated that there was a relatively long beach walk as part of the tramp. We kept feeling that we had somehow taken a wrong turn. On the way back someone had kindly put a bunch of white pebbles via the exit from the beach which was handy because several of the grassy dune areas looked very similar. The highlight is the ocean. It's just so amazingly wild and littered in an eerie way with the remains of washed up tree boughts and roots. I also wanted to thank whoever picked up my camera and left it on the entrance post to the car park! When I returned several hours later on the off chance it might still be there..hey presto..it was hanging off the sign. The park was full of freedom travellers intending to stay the night. Not one had gifted themselves the camera so a great big thumbs up to young travellers who made up the bulk of the visitors that evening!

Visited November 2012
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Russell, New Zealand
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“Well worth the drive on a 40min dirt road”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Now - there are beaches and then there is Gillespie Beach - not a "beachy" type of Beach mind you as this one is covered in stones - large and small - all nicely rounded by the ocean - great!

But that is only one reason to go there - the walkways and the seal colony would be the more important one for most people. One can explore the old Gold working areas and there even is a small DOC campground

Visited November 2012
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“lovely wild beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

This beach is at the end of a 12km gravel road, but well worth the dusty drive. It's a rock- and driftwood strewn beach, and is really beautiful. Go searching for the perfect rock to take home, or driftwood to make a beach fire.

Visited November 2012
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