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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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31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

We, 6 people went for a loop walk round Lake Matheson. It's was such a rewarding walk and we took many photos of the mountain reflection on the lake. Needless to say we were hungry and a little tired. Matherson Cafe was such a comforting and deserving stop. We had a good rest and food was good, but a little... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We discovered this cafe as we visited Lake Matheson twice and during three days in Fox lunched here twice. On our second visit we were treated to picture post cards reflections on the lake early on a clam clear morning. The food at Matheson Cafe was beautiful, a thick and delicious soup one day and a salmon omelette with pesto... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

We arrived at Lake Matheson in the afternoon and after our walk around the Lake, we were looking forward to a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. We were disappointed to discover the café closed at 3p.m. I know it is "out of season", but there were a lot of people still out on the trail and it... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My younger daughter (15 years) and I had a wonderful breakfast on the deck, in the sunshine, at the Matheson Cafe. it was recommended by one of our hosts - I am so glad we dropped in to Lake Matheson, the cafe and the gift shop. Spectacular scenery - great food, and great gifts at the neighbouring shop. Well worth... More

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We stopped here for lunch after doing the Lake Matheson walk - the weather was stunning, and location, lunching out on the deck was lovely. The food was good (although I ordered my steak medium rare, and it was definitely more medium, leaning towards well done, but being a minute-type steak, it was probably fairly hard to get right -... More

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Following a recommendation from the holiday park, we had a delicious breakfast here followed by an easy walk to the lake. We sat on the deck, where we were able to take in the gorgeous view, sun and fresh air whilst enjoying our backpackers breakfast. Perfect start to the morning .

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Montrose, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

After a lovely walk to Lake Matheson my boyfriend and I decided to grab some lunch at the Matheson Café. I ordered a ramen dish and my boyfriend had a panini, neither of us were disappointed. The food was delicious! The restaurant was pretty quiet but that was probably because it was their low season. It didn’t bother us anyway... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Walked the lake and while my husband took his time to take pictures I sat in the cafe. Good food, averagely priced....it would be nice if there was wifi if you purchase something though....most places have free limited time for the wifi.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The location of this Cafe is fantastic. You can enjoy a lovely well priced meal while watching the cows graze the paddocks with the mountains in the back drop. Very relaxing location!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Lovely café with fantastic views while you eat. Great deck outside to sit in the sun and eat. Food was lovely and great value for money

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Address: Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 751 0878
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
Cuisine: New Zealand

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