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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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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
Wonderful views and fantastic food

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
CarolJJ
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Hertford
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Hertford
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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19 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

The restaurant has its own characteristic and great food! We had a very sumptuous brreakfast and loved to be there.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was the best place we ate at in New Zealand. I had the filet for dinner. I am not a big red meat eater but the filet was to die for. It was so tender & flavorful. My husband had fish which was also delicious. We also had coffee & treats for breakfast which were both exceptional as well.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed a highly enjoyable breakfast on the deck of The Matheson Cafe after completing a dawn walk around the lake. The cafe has outstanding views out towards to Southern Alps. A wide selection of highly tempting freshly prepared fare is displayed in the cabinets while the blackboard menu also offers an excellent range of choices. Staff... More 

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Nampa, Idaho
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35 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We stayed in Fox Glacier but were looking for a less frenzied atmosphere than the town's offerings ... and found calm and more at the Matheson Cafe, just two miles outside of town. Follow the signs at the cross roads at the north end of the village, toward Lake Matheson (a gem of its own, where Mount Cook's reflection on... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Leaving Franz Joseph around 8am without having a breakfast... we reach Lake Matheson café at around 9am. We wen't first to the lake, taking souvenir pictures of the mirror lake with mount Cook in the background... when we reach the cafe an hour later, I was about to eat my hat. I order the "backpacker breakfast" with a latte. 5... More 

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Westerham, United Kingdom
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The cafe sits at the entrance to Lake Matheson trails. It's actually quite a smart restaurant; very clean and comfortable with indoor and outdoor seating options. The food is of a very high quality and service is very good. We enjoyed an excellent dinner and then returned the following morning for an equally good breakfast.

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Sydney, Australia
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I had breakfast and dinner at this Cafe. The food was beautifully cooked and garnished. The roast lamb was very tender and juicy. The pumpkin soup with a kick of chilli was just perfect. The staff were polite and pleasant despite working on a very busy day. I highly recommend this cafe to everyone without a doubt.

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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, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, 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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