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Gillespies Beach

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0796
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Quiet beach

If you can carefully brave the 12km narrow gravel road (through rainforest), you will be rewarded... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
via mobile
Very Nice Place

This was recommended by some locals and we were very glad we made the drive. A very remote felling... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gordon B
Vancouver, Canada
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“seal colony” (19 reviews)
“gravel road” (14 reviews)
“sand flies” (28 reviews)
Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0796
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you can carefully brave the 12km narrow gravel road (through rainforest), you will be rewarded with the great Gillespies Beach. We only spent a short time walking along the large pebbled beach, however you could easily spend half a day exploring the area, observing...More

Thank atomicdon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was recommended by some locals and we were very glad we made the drive. A very remote felling beach and while it is all rocks, I have never seen so many interesting rocks. If you look carefully you might find some jade

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it has a campsite with toilets there. But i drove there to do the seal colony walk. On a day where you cannot go up the glacier because of clouds there, this a good way to have a nice mountain walk, even if it connects...More

1  Thank Konrad E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s 12km of winding, stony road but worth it. The beach is mainly pebbles but littered with driftwood, far more than Hokitika and quite awe inspiring to see. Walk further to the lagoon and here is it peaceful with good views of the Alps. We...More

Thank Tiara2
Reviewed 24 October 2017

This is at least a 20 minute drive out of Fox Glacier township, but well worth the drive if you like lonely beaches. I use the term beach loosely as there is little to no sand. It is a stoney beach, but you can spend...More

Thank Kezzie K
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Away from hustle bustle life style. Very clam and quite beach.we spent al most 3 hours here.love the place

Thank Holdengreham
Reviewed 5 October 2017

After a rather windy and narrow drive we arrived at Gillespies beach. It was secluded with only one other person seen. We walked all tracks which were easy and ended up on the beach front as we walked to the lagoon. This beach was amazing....More

Thank Katie K
Reviewed 8 May 2017 via mobile

It's almost comical how far the drive is to get to Gellespi Beach and camping area. I think a lot of people go there because there is no Freedom camping in the township. However if you plan on camping here know that you are going...More

Thank katrinangel2
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We loved the drive to Gillespie's beach. It's a narrow gravel road, winding through the forest. This is a great area to visit if you want somewhere quiet in the Fox area - we saw a couple of other cars in the carpark, but didn't...More

Thank Sarah53187
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Drove down here during out stay at Fox Glacier. It is a nice easy scenic drive even though the road is unsealed for the last part. The beach is stony and covered in driftwood and absolutely deserted, wonderful! There are a number of trails you...More

Thank BaldrickLondon
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