Gillespies Beach
Gillespies Beach
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
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About
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 min return Galway Beach Tramping Track - Time: 3 hr 30 min return Getting there: Gillespies Beach is a 21 km drive from Fox Glacier Weheka township. Head west along Cook Flat Road passing the turn off to Lake Matheson and the Peak Viewpoint along the way. After 8 km turn off to Gillespies Beach Road and follow this for 11 km to the end. Half of the journey is on a narrow, unsealed road – keep left, and keep your speed to a minimum. The road is not suitable for towing vehicles.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Debbi D
mattapoisett, ma753 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a beautifully wild beach. We never saw a person on our 3 hour walk. The stones are gorgeous. We walked along the miners trail on the way out all the way to the old miners cave which was so cool. On the way back we walked the whole way on the beach and were amazed at the great beach rocks and strong waves.
Written 11 February 2024
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Rae M
Auckland Central, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Worth the drive to this rugged beach.
Huge trees washed onto the shore are spectacular.
Water temp rather chilly and take care if you want a quick dip.
Written 18 January 2022
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Evan
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We took the opportunity to visit the beach as we were in our 4 wheel drive. It is a gravel road and a little bumpy getting there but worth the trip. The beach is beautiful and without the sandflies we would have spent alot longer there.
Written 16 February 2021
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67arda
North Shore, New Zealand161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
sooooooooooooo beautiful - the beach is incredible for fossicking and loads of short treks to mining history of times past - the campground is amazing - just loved it there - easy road to get to, even in our honda jazz - grateful and privileged to visit this stunning area - cover your gear up as keas visit - (we originally thought as possums but caught glimpse of them doing their thing) - a must do visit and a real gem - a MUST DO
Written 10 January 2021
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yummymummyWellington
Wellington, New Zealand76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
A bit of a hair-raising drive to get here (windy), but well worth it. We walked along the beach to the Lagoon at the end (about an hour, just strolling). It feels very remote here. We had a good day weather wise and had a picnic when we got to the lagoon. Beware of the sand flies though!
Written 22 July 2020
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Rosie
Exeter, UK217 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Invested in the crazy long gravel road in the hopes we'd come across a nice beach.
We were disappointed. The beach is stone, covered in horrible sand flies and very windy.
Yes, its isolated.. but for good reason, haha.
Written 10 March 2020
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mywaypete
Haddam, CT40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This beach is located down a long gravel road. Stunning views of the wild Tasman Sea. Way too rough for swimming, but beautiful to take in. There’s a basic toilet facility, and drive up campers seem to enjoy overnights. From the beach, you also get fabulous views of the glaciers and surrounding alps around Mt Cook. If you’ve got time, I highly recommend this excursion.
Written 1 March 2020
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JOJOWI
Wisconsin210 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Wanted to see sunset out there, so left Fox towards late afternoon/early evening, so we could check out the walks and to catch sunset. Be aware that the road is very narrow and winding so it will take awhile. First stop was the old Miner’s Cemetery. Very short walk to see a pretty small area with some old headstones. I enjoyed it because I like old cemeteries, husband wasn’t as into it. Continued on to the car park; several campers set up there. We did a short walk to see the old equipment lying around where it had just been abandoned. The longer walks were closed because of storm damage. Made our way to the beach – very neat, wild beach with lots of driftwood and excellent view of the mountains. Walked the beach a bit and then found a log to sit and watch the sunset with a few beverages we’d packed in a cooler. Took way too many photos! Pretty chilly with the wind, so glad we had jackets, especially as it got darker. We left while there was still a little light left because we didn’t want to be on that long, narrow road in the dark. Luckily we didn’t meet any traffic coming out.
Written 21 February 2020
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ERDFirefighter
Edmonton, Canada880 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We decided to continue on the gravel road to the beach as it was a beautiful day and with the hope of seeing some nice birds while on the beach as well as a view of the Fox glacier. Well neither happened. The beach itself is nice and a person could spend a nice afternoon here. You decide if it is worth the gravel run.
Written 14 February 2020
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triny_bop
218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
What a secret off the beaten track. We decided to camp here after the Copland track and we were not disappointed! The views of mt cook and Sefton were striking, as were the views of the towering bush clad hills and big pumping waves. What an epic peaceful haven to camp in, even with the sandflies biting.

We will be back! :-)
Written 1 February 2020
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