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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: Dinner, Coffee & Tea, Brunch, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, 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
Outstanding Food.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
Jamstrz
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Hokitika, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

Visited here for breakfast after our helicopter flight. . The food and service was amazing. The coffee was perfect and the view , to die for. Pricing was on par with everywhere else and the service was wonderful. I would highly recommend Matheson Cafe.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We stopped for a late lunch before walking around Lake Matheson. Staff were very friendly and the food was prompt and tasty. Definitely worth the detour from town and if you continue up the road away from town for a few minutes, you get an amazing photo opportunity of Fox Glacier.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

It was on a rainy day when we walked into the Matheson Cafe cold and hungry. The Cafe was about to close but the kind people there did not turn away 2 road-wary travellers. My wife and I had a great lunch there that included a green curry. The craft beer selection was also very good and I had more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Only had coffee here after walking around the lake. The coffee was excellent and the lunches that we saw all looked fantastic. Would definately recommend

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

On the basis of the reviews here we decided to drive the couple of kilometers from fox township to have a coffee and some lunch. The reviews here didn't dissapoint. The view is grand and sweeping - looking at two of the tallest peaks in the southern alps while having a coffee is definitely a first. We ordered risotto for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

A lovely place to eat, facing the mountain and open area. If we not had planned to visit Fox Glacier, we can stay there much longer. The place is very spacious with lots of seating. There is a big glass window reaching all the way to the ceiling and facing the mountains. if you are indoors you still can enjoy... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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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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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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Address: Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-751 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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 29
Cuisine: New Zealand

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

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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