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Crowded and noisy, otherwise great beach!

I would suggest to avoid if you’re looking for a place to sleep peacefully in your camper. This... read more

Reviewed May 1, 2018
tiffanyng
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Singapore, Singapore
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Be prepared for a long drive on unsealed roads

The road to the beach changes from sealed to unsealed and the last thirty kilometres can be tricky... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RonP967
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Greenfield, United Kingdom
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There are five walks and a campsite at Gillespie's Beach. Miners Cemetery Walking Track - Time: 5 min return Gillespie's Suction Dredge Walk - Time: 15 min loop Gillespies Bucket Dredge Walk - Time: 30 min return Miners Tunnel Track - Time: 1 hr 40...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The road to the beach changes from sealed to unsealed and the last thirty kilometres can be tricky, narrow and winding. There is a free car park and public toilets at the beach. There are a couple of decent walking tracks, one leading onto the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RonP967
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a scenic drive from fox glacier to the beach. We went there for the sunset and we got it. The 2 south island lowland kaka perching on the flax leaves were even better.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

The road here is a bit rough and very bendy, just take it easy. Totally desserted beach amazing waves and very peaceful.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018

Probably the best views of the Fox Gacier, Mt Tasman and Mt Cook and a lovely seal on the beach. Lovely picnic spot....no sandflies

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AnneHaswell
Reviewed September 8, 2018

we visited this beach in winter there were no people around that we could see. Hiked for about 30 minutes before returning to the main road and continue our journey. What we did not expect was to see the majestic view of the glaciers from...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank joesea
Reviewed July 28, 2018

This is a very dramatic, stony beach. I would recommend it for swimming, but if you want a beautiful beach walk this is exceptional. Be warned, the entire beach is cobblestones, so it's an athletic walk not something you'd want to try with a sore...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank martanelso
Reviewed July 13, 2018

We were hesitant to attempt the road that warned us to exercise extreme caution, as fox glacier had just experienced heavy rain and we had a family. However after asking the locals we decided to drive down to the beach, the road was nothing to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nicole D
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

I would suggest to avoid if you’re looking for a place to sleep peacefully in your camper. This place is really crowded all day and year, especially is free of charge camping grounds. Big young crowd blasting loud music past 9pm. Lots of sand flies...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank tiffanyng
Reviewed March 26, 2018

To call it a beach is something I can't quite get my head around as it is mainly all rocks and timber and for laying on the sand that is different as it is black in colour so it certainly was an experience I won't...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 12, 2018 via mobile

From the moment we got out of the car we got attached my sand flies!! Bring loads of bug spray!!!!!!

Date of experience: March 2018
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Response from AnneHaswell | Reviewed this property |
I think it's possible, there were quite a few people camping there, also in tents. Depending on the size of your motorhome though....the road there is gravel and not to wide. Hope this is of help.
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