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Matheson Cafe

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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Brisbane, Australia
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188 reviews 188 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We had previous eaten breakfast at the Matheson Cafe in 2012 and on our return with our daughter we wanted to eat here again. It was serving dinner now so we went. Husand and I dined on their grouper with white bait fritters, cauliflower puree, eggplant, beans and asparagus - the meal was fine dining size and price but the... More 

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Dobris, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Amazing place, great food, friendly stuff, beautiful view of the mountains.. Go for a walk around the lake before you taste their awesome food. Love that place

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Singapore
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Went there for a quick dinner before walking around the lake. The food was good but the views from the restaurant was even better. Would have lingered for longer if we were not rushing against time to grab some pics of the lake.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

The seafood risotto is out of the world - it's really good. It's a pity that the waters was quite choppy when we were at Lake Mathesons hence we didn't get to see the reflection of Mt Cook. However the food at Mathesons Café really made up for it! (: *Thumbs up*

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Welsh Borders, UK
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62 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

We first visited for coffee on our way in to the Matheson Lake Walk, and enjoyed it enough to ask if they opened in the evening. It turns from a welcoming cafe into a fine-dining restaurant, serving imaginative dishes and a wide wine selection at very reasonable prices. Only 5Km from town, it's a perfect place to get away from... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This restaurant is located close to the famous Lake Matheson (not to be missed on a fine day) about 5 kilometres from Fox Glacier township. Given its remote location it was pleasing to find a comprehensive menu. The food was well prepared and well presented. Service was good. Definitely worth going out of town for even if not visiting the... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We visited the Matheson Cafe after taking a short hike to view the beautiful mirror lake. The food was delicious. I ordered the Buttie and my only complaint is that it came on bread vs. toast so the bread tended to fall apart quite easily.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place has interesting architecture outside but a very plain interior making feel like a "feeding place" rather than anything else. Service was friendly and food OK - nothing special. I did enjoy the boutique brewery beer on offer - pity I was driving and could only have the one!

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Hong Kong, China
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65 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

excellent view over the snow mountain modern decorated with cozy ambrience. service is a bit careless maybe with too good business. nice place for chill out on sunny pm after finishing the 1hr lake walk.

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Brooklyn, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Matheson Cafe is worth a visit. The food and coffee were delicious, and the views are knockout. The building is modern and architecturally appealing. I'd recommend the cafe even if you don't intend to walk around the lake (which you should do!).

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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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