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Gillespies Beach

Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0796
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An extremely far drive

It's almost comical how far the drive is to get to Gellespi Beach and camping area. I think a lot... read more

Reviewed 8 May 2017
New York City, New York
via mobile
Beautiful drive to a rugged West Coast beach

We loved the drive to Gillespie's beach. It's a narrow gravel road, winding through the forest... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Dunedin, New Zealand
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“seal colony” (17 reviews)
“gravel road” (13 reviews)
“gold mining” (7 reviews)
Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0796
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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 7 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
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Once you have your high-strength sandfly spray on, you will be away! This is a beautiful stony beach... a bit rough for swimming though. You may be able to see the dolphins or seals if you are lucky. Walk for miles amongst the driftwood and...More

Thank Justwant2say
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Although a good 20 minute drive from Fox down a dirt road, Gillespies Beach is a must if you're in the area. The scenery is absolutely beautiful. There are a couple of walking tracks with some historical mining artefacts there or you could simply just...More

Thank adam-caro_alexander
Reviewed 31 March 2017 via mobile

We took the drive to this beach on a day that was very foggy and cool. Most of the way there was on an unsealed road. It was quite narrow and I was glad that we met no cars going the opposite direction. The beach...More

Thank dil345
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Nice Beach View and can see the Glacier and Mt.Cook ! But west coast have too many Sandflies ,so don't forget your spary

Thank 曉青 吳
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Drove out to Gillespies Beach before seeing Fox Glacier. We had endless beach to ourselves. Literally walked for hours. Saw rare Hectors dolphins and seals. One of our favorite South Island experiences. Note that, as always on the South Island, sandflies can be an issue.

Thank 354juner
Reviewed 12 March 2017

The beach has exciting waves and great walks - but is around 12 kilometres down one of NZ's "unsealed" roads. Perfectly navigable - just assume idiots will be driving towards you completely oblivious to the fact they may not be the only people around. Interesting...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Need to take a dirt road for 10km to get to the beach. It was totaly empty when we got there. 1 fisherman was there. No sand or services on the beach.

Thank Harry F
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