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Matheson Cafe

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Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Lake Matheson is one of New Zealand's most scenic icons. Situated on the...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe with a view

The view from this cafe is amazing! I ordered the salmon egg benedict and it was super delicious! This cafe is quiet but you will not be bothered by it because you will just enjoy the view as you sat there eating your lunch. :)

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The view from this cafe is amazing! I ordered the salmon egg benedict and it was super delicious! This cafe is quiet but you will not be bothered by it because you will just enjoy the view as you sat there eating your lunch. :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We stopped off for lunch here after a beautiful walk around the lake and thoroughly enjoyed it. We took advantage of the lovely weather and sat outside in the sunshine over looking the stunning snow capped mountains. The food was very yummy and the coffee was good too. Great service and nice staff. Perfect place to stop and soak in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This restaurant is a real find. Simple, fresh dishes, well-prepared. The atmosphere is casual, but the food shows true skill in the kitchen. We shared a lamb shoulder, the fish of the day, and an apple crumble for dessert. The wait staff is excellent, too. If we had more time in Fox Glacier, we would have returned to the cafe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

What a great spot for a cafe. Very popular and even early had a queue up to order. Food was reasonably priced and enjoyable. As a gateway to Lake Matheson it cant be beaten

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Highly recommend-great service and very reasonable prices. We had breakfast after a magical walk around the gorgeous Lake Matheson

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Hokitika, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Sorry I dont like to complain but I was looking forward to a nice hot chocolate until I took my first sip to discover it had cinnamon sprinkled on it! Who Sprinkles cinnamon on a hot 'chocolate'....not me! Sorry but I didn't ask for cinnamon & I wasn't asked if I wanted cinnamon! Cinnamon is not something everyone loves so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Nice cafe overlooking a wide open space and lots of greenery. Great food with lovely views. Reasonable prices.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This has to be the best start to the day. A walk around the lake Matheson and views that must be some of the best in the world. Then an excellent breakfast with views of mount Cook. If you do nothing else in Fox Glacier, walk the lake early in the day (this is when you get the best reflections)... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The views are incredible on a clear day! We had breakfast after admiring the amazing reflections at Lake Matheson. It was the best breakfast my partner and I have had our entire trip to New Zealand and my partner loved their coffee. The quality and taste of the food along with the great view was worth the slightly higher premium... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The little cafe not far from fox glacier township has amazing food. The meals are top quality and the service is second to none. You can have a meal with a view and also take a short walk to Lake Matheson from this cafe.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
  • Phone Number: +64 3-751 0878

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 29
  • Cuisine: New Zealand

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic

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.
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

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