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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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Singapore, Singapore
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199 reviews 199 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

located at the beginning of the walking path to Lake Matheson. Open for breakfast till 3 pm. Excellent views and good food. Ideal to have a cuppa after your walk to the lake - more so if you do the walk early in the morning when the waters are supposed to be still. If you have your own car then... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We stopped in here after a wet and windy Lake Matheson walk. The café was cozy and comfortable with jacket hooks at the door. We had toasted Turkish bread sandwiches and the food was generous and tasty and the coffee was hot. We had no complaints

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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Make sure you stop by for a meal after the walk at Lake Matheson. Great food, great service at a great surroundings around Lake Matheson! Just perfect! The staff were very friendly and very caring too. My initial booking was at 7pm but I didn't know then that it was quite a long walk to the lake from my motel.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Had my lunch here after a walk at Lake Matheson. The carrot cake was good and worth a try while the pie was a miss. The drinks were ordinary. Had a better hot chocolate at Snow Farm.

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Perth, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

Visited for lunch after spending some time on the Heli hike. Worth the short drive out of town as the food is as impressive as the amazing views.

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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Great service and beautiful home baked foods.This is a really nice place to have breakfast or coffee on the West Coast and it has a great gallery too.

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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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