Gillespies Beach

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A visit to Gillespies Beach offers a scenic drive, lovely views of the Southern Alps Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana, gold mining relics and coastal walks.

Place overview


  • Information panels


  • Camping
  • Walking and tramping

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About this place

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.


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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