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Matheson Cafe

Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
03 751 0878
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Lake Matheson is one of New Zealand's most scenic icons. Situated on the West Coast of the South Island, in the heart of Glacier Country and Westland National Park, the Lake Matheson walk is a must do attraction for all visitors to Fox Glacier & Franz Josef Glacier. 'Picture Perfect' reflections of New Zealand's highest peaks Mt Cook & Mt Tasman can be captured in the dark waters of this ancient lake formed by the retreat of the Fox Glacier. At the base of Lake Matheson and gateway to the walkway are Matheson Cafe and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery. The cafe offers quality food in a luxurious environment and the gift store is always a favourite, offering a range of Kiwiana products, clothing and souvenirs. A trip to Lake Matheson is simply not complete without a visit to Matheson Cafe and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery.
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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I stopped here for dinner in February 2014 while on our first trip around South Island. Having had a leisurely walk around the lake, we then had a lovely dinner at Matheson Cafe while watching the sun set over the mountains. My husband had the chicken and I had fish - both were delicious. A lovely spot... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great food, nice coffee. Love the scene when drinking my hot coffee at the patio, After the walk, stop by relax, unwind and have a good breakfast or breakfast first which ever suits you. The scenery is just amazing.

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Mollymook, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

We went out before light to get the right pics of lake Matheson. Cafe was not open until 8am so we went back to motel got cleaned up and went back for breakfast - so glad we did. Fantastic breakfast, must try the mushrooms and egg!! Service was great!

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Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Views at the Matheson Cafe were beautiful and teatime there was tranquil with tasty desserts and a good coffee.

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Hobart, Australia
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63 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Stopped here for lunch on way through Fox Glacier. Ordered two lamb burgers and a coffee. Service was quick and friendly. Prices are reasonable and food and coffee very good.

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Piedmont, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We were craving salads, and Matheson Cafe provided. We had one salad with beef and one other. Plus another appetizer. Wine list, by bottle and glass, was very good. Superb light dinner. Just what we wanted.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

An eclectic menu and our meals were excellent. Succumbed to the cakes as well which are delicious. Service with a smile and an open view. Walk around the lake - very beautiful and makes an impression on the calories consumed.

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Columbia, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We stopped in here to find respite from the rain and got a curry dish and a salad if I recall; both were very tasty. We also got some coffee and chai, which were tasty. The views here were obscured by some fog but it looked like an amazing landscape. I would recommend this for a lunch bite to eat... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

If weather is clear, sit on the cafe terrace here and enjoy brilliant views of mt cook and mt Tasman, you won't get these views in fox glacier town. Risotto was very good and fair selection of wines by glass.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Had a lovely walk around the Lake and finished off our morning with a visit to this café. Sat outside and soaked up the peaceful setting on a beautiful summer's day.

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