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Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
03 751 0878
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We had just walked around the lake and arrived just as it started raining (turned out it was a 24-hour, seven inch downpour - that's what you get on the West Coast). We were all well fed with good coffee - and warm and dry. Fond memories of this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here after our hike in Lake Matheson and were treated to some interesting and tasty food. The view was to die for! Sitting there having wonderful food while looking at Mt Cook and sipping a nice glass of white wine was blissful .It doesn't get better than that!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The cafe has lots of tables indoors and outdoors. The food arrived fairly quickly and tasted good. The menu isn't huge, but has a good selection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

It is the only cafe at the lake and fortunately it is beautifully clean, cool and very pleasant. A good variety of Cafe food and wonderful views.

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Mackay, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Lovely food and great atmosphere - well worth the drive out to Lake Matheson. There is also a nice gift shop and bush walks departing from the same area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Lake Matheson is stunning. Well worth the visit and stop for a great coffee and cakes after at the cafe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Lake Matheson is a lovely remnant of melted glacier. If you get there early in the morning, it might be windless and the lake forms a mirror of the snow-capped mountains. For leisurely travelers like me, it was fine to see the forest pathways crowded with ferns and the pretty lake on a sunny day with enough breeze to ruffle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Lovely setting for fantastic food. I was there with family and had two fantastic courses a fish soup and then Gurnard main. The food was well priced and one of the best meals we had on our 3 week trip to NZ. We ate breakfast there the next day, it was also pretty good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Just so beautiful, the views are suburb, although we had to wait for 24 hours before the cloud lifted.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We arrived late in the day around 7:30 pm and ordered mini lamburger and kid's cheese pizza as well as the large salmon pizza. All of the food was delicious and quite reasonably priced with good sized portions. The staff were very friendly as well.

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Address: Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 751 0878
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisine: New Zealand

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