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Matheson Cafe

Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
03 751 0878
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
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.
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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Slightly confusing to see one and the same café being marked both No 1 and No 3 attractions ....... Great café - perfect position. Could have stayed all day if it wasn't for the need to walk round the Lake and then to Fox Glacier!

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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Before or after walking the Lake Matheson track, this is a great place to take it slow, with great views of mt cook

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Perth, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The restaurant is nicely and comfortably set up with a view of cloud covered mountain and the green grass field. Water is self service so you can help yourself. The food was good and coffee was excellent, brightening up your morning. I ordered the Backpackers breakfast where there was bacon, egg and toast. Simple, yet excellent. Price was ok considering... More

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Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

We had survived the walk around Lake Matheson and decided to have lunch at the cafe. The food was very good, the service great. We really enjoyed the slices that the cafe offered. Go for a walk and then relax on the balcony with good food. We were not disappointed.

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Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We ate here twice - lunch after a walk and a dinner. Service at both were very good, and the food was healthy, well executed, and very tasty. Recommend it highly.

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Great reprieve from the rain and cold. Nice coffee and lounges to rest on after walking to the Lake.

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Canberra
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48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Great place to sip a good coffee & enjoy the stunning surroundings. Very nice breakfast selections and everything we ordered was delicious. Friendly, helpful staff.

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Bolton
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Beautiful setting for lunch or breakfast, good quality food and very fairly priced. There is a choice of walks around Matheson Lake too, which is stunning

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My husband and I stopped here for dinner in February 2014 while on our first trip around South Island. Having had a leisurely walk around the lake, we then had a lovely dinner at Matheson Cafe while watching the sun set over the mountains. My husband had the chicken and I had fish - both were delicious. A lovely spot... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great food, nice coffee. Love the scene when drinking my hot coffee at the patio, After the walk, stop by relax, unwind and have a good breakfast or breakfast first which ever suits you. The scenery is just amazing.

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