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Quinlin Creek

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  • Day12

    Gillespies Beach Campsite

    November 18, 2016 in New Zealand

    Our campsite tonight, Gillespie's beach, is close to Fox Glacier, its completely bizarre to stand on the pebble beach and see snowcapped mountains. The beach seems endless. It is also operated by a honesty system where you just pop your money in a small envelope and put it in a mailbox.

    Our dinners is definitely a highlight so basic but oh so good.


  • Day186

    Gillespies Beach Campsite

    January 1 in New Zealand

    Freedom camping is not allowed in Franz Josef Glacier National Park, which basically covers all of Southwestern NZ. And the narrow strip of land between mountains and ocean almost doesn't have any campsites. Just Franz Josef town and Fox Glacier town have "resorts" where we could have an unpowered campsite (aka parking spot), for $30. We decided to take our chances at the only rural campsite, a 30km gravel driveway to the ocean. It was probably one of our best decisions. We were warned about an incoming storm and swell of up to 3m. If it hadn't been for a lack of a more convenient campsite, we probably would have missed it.

    Just on the other side of the dunes, a beach of smooth pebbles stretched endlessly in both directions. We watched huge waves crashing onto the beach, sitting just outside the reach of the white wash. The sun was setting where land met ocean, and behind us the mountains were lit up a soft hue.

    After watching for a while, Mats went down to the water's edge. The waves were intimidating. The occasional big wave sent a flood of water and pebbles against your ankles. But the rush of getting close, skipping some flat rocks, and outrunning the waves was great. The best part was getting down low, and as the waves exploded, "doing the wave" alongside it. The spray of the breaking waves seemed to hover in slow motion in front of the setting sun. Ahh..

    That night, Mats dreamed of waves. We could hear the pebbles rolling as the sea retreated, followed by one huge wave after another cracking open on the rocks. With each wave, his hands shot up in the air, "doing the wave". Haha what a rush!
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  • Day31

    Gillespies Beach

    March 30, 2016 in New Zealand

    Absolutely wild and untamed pebble beach 20 kms from Fox Glacier Village. A bit of adventurous driving to get there but so worth it. You can already hear and smell the ocean from the little car park. I haven't seen waves this big or powerful in quite some time. You can also see Mount Cook and the mountain range. Absolutely loved it! Just the right place to spend my 2nd last day in this wonderful country. 💖🌞🌊Read more

  • Day209

    Gillespies Beach

    May 9, 2015 in New Zealand

    Tak nevim, jestli jeste zminovat pocasi... no, tak jeste jednou, naposled ;-). Kdyz jsme sli spat, krasne svitil mesic. Pres noc prichazel jeden heavy rain za druhym. A rano jsme se bohuzel probudili opet do zatazeneho dne :-(.
    No nejsme ale samozrejme z cukru, ze?, tak jsme navlikli plastenky a z plaze, kde jsme spali (free!), jsme zacali pochodovat smer Galway Beach, za lachtany.
    V Gillespies zprovoznili v roce 1891 unikatni Von Schmidtovo (pojmenovano, ano, po jeho vynalezci, Von Schmidtovi) zarizeni, co melo ziskavat z mistniho cerneho pisku zlato. To, ze spolecnost o rok pozdeji zkrachovala, mluvi za vse.
    3hodinova prochazka kolem plaze, pak pres usti reky (idealni misto pro sledovani prilivu - fascinujici, jak se voda zene proti proudu!) a nasledne hustou busi (kde uz jsem mela v botach opet jezera) pro me skoncila u praminku, co se zmenil v reku a potopil kameny, po kterych se melo prejit. No nic: Miruv obri skok pres potok mi lachtany zajistil aspon na fotkach ;-).
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