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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: Dessert, Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, 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
Great place for breakfast

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Ipswich, Australia
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Ipswich, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW 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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Blenheim, New Zealand
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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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Brisbane, Australia
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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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Hokitika, New Zealand
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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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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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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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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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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: Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Doing business

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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