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“Long Walk to the seals”
Review of Gillespies Beach

Gillespies Beach
Ranked #6 of 16 things to do in Fox Glacier
Certificate of Excellence
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Orange County
Level 6 Contributor
129 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Long Walk to the seals”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

It was a 30 minute drive down an unpaved road to get to the beach. But the view of the mountains while standing in the ocean is worth it. The walk is a few hours to get to the seal colony so plan your time accordingly.

Visited April 2014
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Wiesbaden, Germany
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful location with great views of the Southern Alps”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Great walk on the beach and lovely lagoon, I added Gillespies Beach to my list for sunrise or sunset photo shootings as this time the weather was not the most favourable.

Visited April 2014
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Burnley, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
475 reviews
202 attraction reviews
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“Quiet!”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

The beach has outstanding views and there is a great walk to the old gold mining area, but there is not much to see. There is an old Cemetery which is well worth a visit, with a lot of historical interest.

Visited January 2014
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Curate's egg”
Reviewed March 31, 2014

We cycled from Fox village - not for the faint hearted - and were a little disappointed that the beach was pebbly and shelved so steeply that only very confident swimmers could use it. The remains of the 19th century drilling gear was interesting but it is quite a trek for not a lot. Beware of sand flies. However we did encounter keas at close quarters which made it worthwhile.

Visited February 2014
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Worth the drive”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

After what seemed like a terrible drive along a track that went on and on, there was this wonderful beach and a little community. Lots of young people having a great time. We were so glad we had made the effort to complete the drive. The views back to the mountains were also incredible as the cloud had finally lifted.

Visited March 2014
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