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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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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Dessert, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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What a great location. We had a few days in Fox Glacier and came to this Cafe a few times. The views to the Mountains are amazing and ever changing. Low cloud over the Mountains in the morning would lift as we had coffee and breakfast. Long shadows in the late afternoon over coffee and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
BrissieAnnie
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Queensland, Australia
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Queensland, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a great location. We had a few days in Fox Glacier and came to this Cafe a few times. The views to the Mountains are amazing and ever changing. Low cloud over the Mountains in the morning would lift as we had coffee and breakfast. Long shadows in the late afternoon over coffee and cake. This is a good,... More 

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Lovely coffee/tea, cakes. Staff friendly. Very very wet day so didn't do the walk to the lake but nice light and bright building to enjoy our afternoon tea. Look forward to going back another time and hopefully see the scenery and do the walk

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Sydney, Australia
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

After going to Lake Matheson for suinrise and then walking a lap of the lake it was incredible to sit and have a good capucino while enjoying the incredible view of mount cook

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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Great variety menu with dishes that display originality and flair. We ate brunch here in the beautiful surrounds of Lake Matheson. Lovely gifts from shop next door adorn the premises. A tranquil place to enjoy a meal.

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Diss, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Had a coffee during the day, after walking round Lake Matheson, and after reading the menu, returned for dinner in the evening. Both the food and service were very good. The next morning I returned at first light to try and get another photo of the sunrise on the mountains reflected in the lake, to be surprised by a very... More 

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Naracoorte, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Yummy, yummy food after a walk around Lake Matheson! We have a chicken and mushroom wrap and wedges and they were cooked very well. We were very happy

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It was ok. You can hike to the lake about three miles to get a good view. We thought we would see the lake from the cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This has got to be my favourite place in New Zealand. The cafe is wonderfully placed for views of the mountains. Good Kiwi healthy and interesting food - quiches, sandwiches, bakes and the cakes are yummy.Service is very helpful and friendly.

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Eye, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A lovely modern building with lovely views over the scenery up towards Fox Glacier mountains. The serving staff were very attentive and even though a large coach party had arrived just in front of us we still received quite good service. The food was as good as we remembered from the previous visit and we would recommend this for lunch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

best carrot cake of the world and wonderful view. delicious dishes and nice atmosphere everything perfect and we will come back Greetings fron Germany

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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: Entertaining clients, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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