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Gillespies Beach

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

We happened upon this beach as we had sometime to spare while in Fox Glacier. When we saw the sign... read more

Reviewed 18 January 2016
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Worth a visit if in Fox Glacier

The beach is largely stones but some great surf activity and lots of birds. You can walk along the... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2016
Charlottetown, Canada
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“seal colony” (17 reviews)
“gravel road” (13 reviews)
“sand flies” (27 reviews)
Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0796
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

We happened upon this beach as we had sometime to spare while in Fox Glacier. When we saw the sign about the 12km windy road leading to the beach we almost turned around but boy am I happy we didn't! It was a rainy very...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2016

The beach is largely stones but some great surf activity and lots of birds. You can walk along the beach to a lagoon or through a trail to an old gold mining sight. You can continue on from the lagoon to an old miners tunnel...More

Thank Spuddler
Reviewed 14 January 2016

Sunseeker 2020 describes this beautifully. Try a walk in the dunes to the old gold mine workings and, if you are up to it, back along the beach. The bird life seemed quite active in December when we went on a rainy day but at...More

Thank Graham P
Reviewed 4 January 2016

A very large and long stony beach littered with driftwood. Reached down a long road from Fox glacier, there are several walks in the area including a coastal walk to a seal colony.

Thank Fiona G
Reviewed 15 December 2015

We were staying in Fox Glacier when the weather was particularly wet and miserable. It seemed to be clearing from the west so we headed to the beach having braved the 12km single track gravel road. We didn't however meet a single vehicle going in...More

Thank sunseeker2020
Reviewed 8 December 2015

If you are visiting Fox Glacier, this beach is definitely worth the 20 minute drive, just keep left as very narrow road and blind corners also sheep roaming free towards end of trip, beach is amazing such an untouched place we went on a rainy...More

Thank Claudia P
Reviewed 14 November 2015

Great place, but ve aware of the sand flies/mosquitos. we hardly could leave the car. The drive to the beach is an exciting dust road. Thanks to Te Papa

1  Thank ReisefreakHB
Reviewed 13 November 2015

We drove along the unsealed road for a few miles hoping that it would be worth it. It certainly was. We walked along the beach to the lagoon and had the entire place to ourselves. On a sunny day like we had it was a...More

1  Thank Brian W
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Decided to check out the beach whilst we were floating round Fox glacier. beach was cool and campsite looked good. Wish we had found it on the first night. Decided to take the 3.5 hour return hike to galway beach. Not for he faint hearted....More

2  Thank Rikt87
Reviewed 3 November 2015

I must say, it wasn't easy to search for the colony. We had to walk a long way along Galway Beach through the boulders slowly, and be consistently on alert mode as we do not want to be found in a situation where we were...More

2  Thank TravelWheneverDee
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