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“Great Breakfast spot on a clear day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Fox Glacier, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
03 751 0878
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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.
Orange County
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“Great Breakfast spot on a clear day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I had breakfast here. It was about five dollars less than every other breakfast I had in New Zealand. It was a very good value. The best part was the view of Mt. Cook and the glacier as it was a sunny day. The cafe is all glass on the east facing wall to take advantage of the view.

Visited April 2014
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Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
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“Good Food after a long Walk”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Very good food”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Matheson Cafe”
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.

Visited April 2014
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Canberra
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“Lovely Breakfast & Coffee”
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.

  • Visited April 2014
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