Gillespies Beach Campsite

Gillespies Beach Campsite

Gillespies Beach



93 Rankers Reviews

47 Face-to-Face

140 Basic Camping

7 Fox Glacier



The campsite
The carpark
The warning signs leading into Gillespies


A primo spot next to the beach. The campsite is quite small and is very popular so getting a good spot may be a bit challenging, there is a good sized carpark though if you have a car or van to sleep in.

On a clear day you can catch glimpses of Mt Cook poking up from behind the bush. The beach itself is also amazing, it seems to go on forever with massive piles of driftwood to congregate around.

There are a couple of short walks around the area to a seal colony and an old gold mining bits and pieces.

Access to this site is windy and narrow and is not suitable for large vehicles.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastFox Glacier


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsites

    Number of tent sites - 8.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


Showing 8 reviews of 92.

RYAN's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice quiet camp, close enough to beach so you can hear as you fall asleep but far enough so your sheltered from the sea breeze. Beautiful sunset, sandflies are present so take your repellent. Clean flushing toilets with basic wash basin. Take your own drinking water. Great walks down the beach. Secure your stuff, Kia’s were there in the morning and relocated out footwear and wrecked another campers shoes. Shoutout to Bridget and Brett from Australia for the good yarns.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Vanessa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The place is lovely. starting point of great walks along the beach to the lagoon. Way to seal colony still closed. Facilities okay for doc camp site. Payed 8$ per person. Wonderful views over the mountains...

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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John's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great little place... Beware the crazy sand flies though! Also the bridge to the seal colony was closed so the main walk was not possible.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Helena Wong

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Drive on dirt road was fine. Few sandflies. Beach access right off the parking lot. Clean facilities.

Recommend getting there before 5pm for some choice of a spot. Seems popular and the lot isn't really that big.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Shaun's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Way cheaper then most other DOC Campsites and facilities are great

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Connor's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite, very tidy. Sleeping with the sounds of the ocean was nice, and we were visited by several kea in the evening.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great location 25 min drive from Fox Clacier.
A lot of Spaces for Campers. We drove there with our 7m van and the street was no problem, only dusty.
The stony beach with high waves is absolutely amazing.
You dont have a view of the beach from the parking lot or the campsites, therefore you have to cross the dunes.
Lots of wood at the beach, do easy to light a fire.
The only big minus: Sandflies everyehere. We git in our van quite early. Othereise it would have been perfect.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Anwang's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved this camping spot. There were a few sandflies around, but not too many (and I hate them with a passion, so that I wasn't annoyed says something). Nice walks from the campsite to the lagoon and over the beach. Due to a storm last February the bridge to the seal colony is destroyed and closed still.
Sunset from the pebble beach is amazing. Two toilets and two sinks available. $8 pp a night.
Drive carefully on the gravel road!! It's up and down and bendy roads.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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