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Gillespies Beach

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Address: Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 752 0796
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Long hike, but worth the pay off

You'll experience every kind of topography during this hike. It's constantly changing and each segment of the hike had it's own appeal. The turn around the corner of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2016
Aaron S
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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this freedoms campsite. Situated right behind the dunes of the beach! Although was a rainy day and missed out on the mountains in the backdrop the beach was very beautiful to walk along! Due to the drizzly weather we must have missed out on the sandfly as well! The sunset was amazing! Wish I had more time to... More 

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Thank Nikayllaaa
South Island, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

But it was an Ok form of exercise. From the track there is very little view of the sea and with sheep it kinda makes it a smelly experience. I wouldnt bother going back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016 via mobile

This beach has the most stunning backdrop you can imagine. Where else can you wonder along driftwood and black sand looking at the two highest peaks of the country. Best time to visit is sunset.

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Similar natural and man made attributes attract same enthusiastic usage and regrettably similar insensitive abuse by environmentally insensitive visitors

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Antwerp, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

At the end of a winding unsealed road from Fox Glacier to the sea. This is a DOC (Department of Conservation) campsite, rather basic: a parking with vault toilets. The location is just great: right behind the dunes and beach. At night, there’s the sound of the waves and a starry, starry sky. The place fills up at night, better... More 

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Nowra, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

Saw the sign to Gillespies Beach that basically states that the road is dangerous and don't go on it. Once I read that I had to go along it and see what all the fuss was about. Turns out nothing really. I think it was to deter people going to Gillespies. Anyway, drove about 20 klm and arrived at the... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

Decided to visit Gillespie Beach after staying the night in Fox Glacier. It is a long drive - the first part is on paved roads and then about 10km on unpaved roads. Lot of dust thrown up - only room for one vehicle at a time. Eventually came to a small car park with a shelter and some benches. A... More 

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Whidbey Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

This beach is worth the drive. After about 10 km of paved road you have another 12 km of gravel road with twists and turns like all roads in New Zealand. The sand is black. The shore is covered in beautiful rocks. Stroll down to Miner's Lagoon. Create beach art in the sand with rocks and enjoy the solitude. Tour... More 

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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

You'll experience every kind of topography during this hike. It's constantly changing and each segment of the hike had it's own appeal. The turn around the corner of the mountain towards the opening of the ocean was breath taking. One of our favorite hikes in NZ. Also great because it's off the beaten path and there wasn't a ton of... More 

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Thank Aaron S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We visited here in the middle of summer and had the beach to ourselves. Walked the several hours and when we returned to the car park it was teaming with camper vans.

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