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Gillespies Beach

Gillespies Beach is an easy 30 minute drive from the Fox Glacier village and a great day trip from Distinction Hotel - your Fox Glacier accommodation.

A wild West Coast beach, this is a stunning coastal area surrounded by glaciers, ocean and rainforest. Take in the beauty of a gorgeous sunset whilst strolling along the desolate black sand beach.

A seal colony habitats the beach several kilometres up the coast – this is a 3 hour round trip walk from the road.

For a remote experience on a wild West Coast beach, drive to the road end (24km) on Cook Flat Road, and walk through the sand dunes to the black sands of Gillespies Beach. This was the site of one of the many gold rushes on the coast and is steeped in history. The 40 minute walk from the carpark takes you to the lagoon on Gillespie's Point and an old gold miner’s track takes you around the point to the seal colony.

Stay at Distinction Hotel - your Fox Glacier and and Franz Josef accommodation, and enjoy the many attractions & activities of the Glacier region. Book your hotel accommodation in Fox Glacier today!

A wild West Coast beach, this is a stunning coastal area surrounded by glaciers, ocean and rainforest. Take in the beauty of a gorgeous sunset whilst strolling along the desolate black sand beach.
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