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Gillespies Beach

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Address: Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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DOC campsite with amazing views

Despite it being peak season and arriving early evening, we just managed to squeeze into a space in the car park. We were sleeping in our car and paid $16 camping fees for one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
ph11lkk
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Despite it being peak season and arriving early evening, we just managed to squeeze into a space in the car park. We were sleeping in our car and paid $16 camping fees for one night. We arrived just in time for the sunset on the beach - a very photogenic place at this time in the day. From the same... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's a twisty old undulating drive on a poor road to get to the beach. You seem to be forever going upwards yet there you are at sea level! Well worth it. The Tasman sea crashing onto the sea bringing drift wood all the way from Australia. It looks like a modern art installation, worthy of the Turner prize

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Thank Alan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Where else can you find a beach full of skipping stones? Aside from the gold prospecting (mis)adventures / history I really enjoyed the wildlife, from the sheep unafraid of cars to the petrel that allowed me to get about 3 metres from it to photograph before moving off. A friend had an old relative buried in the miners cemetery, so... More 

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Thank Peter M
Danville, Ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is no sand but a sea of large flat rounded rocks. You would never spread a blanket for sun bathing. However, the rocks are beautiful. They come in a variety of different colors. We even choose a few to take home back to the States. You can never have enough weight in your luggage.

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Thank TomBrodehl
brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a very ;long walk along the beach to a seal colony. We walk as far as the miners tunnel which was impressive and the came back as it was getting late. Very good view to Fox G about 20kms awy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Hard to believe that in 25 minutes you can go from the mountains all the way to the ocean. We had the beach to ourselves. Not really a swimming beach. The beach gave me a sense of isolation due to its immense size.

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Lymington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Gillespies beach is well worth a visit even though it is a fairly long drive on gravel. The beach is lovely - lots of twisted and gnarled bits of wood with fab flat stones to make high towers. The walk to the old gold digging machine was short and interesting to see, however the walk to the seal colony was... More 

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Thank RobertsKLR
Auckland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

Trust me you do not think you are going to see the beach till you get there, you drive from Glaciers, snow capped mountains through rain forest and hallelujah there is the beach, not many countries in the world can offer three different landscapes within 25km This is remote and about 25K's from Fox Glacier township, half of the road... More 

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Hannover
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

The gravel road to Gillespies Beach is really adventurous. Lots of sharp curves, narrow road, lot of loose gravel. BE CAREFUL ! The sign on the start of the road says it, and I give the advise to drive slowly. Short before you arrive at the parking lot - after crossing the bridge - watch out for sheep in the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Despite the bad weather we made a trip to this bay. The walk through the wide bay with the many driftwoods was breathtakingly beautiful.

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