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Lake Matheson Walk

Lake Matheson Road | Fox Glacier area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, New Zealand
+64 3-752 0360
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Nature at its best

Sunny day but very low cloud, the walk was beautiful and took just over an hour to walk round the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JustAmazing2017
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Franz Josef, New Zealand
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Gorgeous - even in the wet

The walk is very easy, and can be done by all levels of fitness. Even in the rain we got beautiful... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
amandaclark56
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Melbourne, Australia
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Lake Matheson Road | Fox Glacier area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Sunny day but very low cloud, the walk was beautiful and took just over an hour to walk round the whole lake.. stunning view points around the lake,a swing bridge to cross,little waterfall along the way...was really quite beautiful.

Thank JustAmazing2017
Reviewed 6 days ago

The walk is very easy, and can be done by all levels of fitness. Even in the rain we got beautiful views from the lake.

Thank amandaclark56
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a lovely walk with amazing reflective views in the lake of the Southern Alps and Fox Glacier. We were lucky to be there on a sunny and fairly still day. Very pretty. The restaurant looked worth a visit when we perused the menu....More

Thank LauraEvans88
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely get up early to catch the still morning water and amazing reflection. However, be prepared to encounter a crowd! The jetty lookout walk was an easy walk through some lush vegetation with occasional glimpses of the peaks (minus the reflection). Such an incredible site...More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really beautiful lake with spectacular reflections. Well worth the ~45 minute trail and boardwalk walk it takes to reach the various viewpoints (the walk itself is also very pretty). We went around dusk in April and had great views, and enjoyed the quiet, calm serenity...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is free and it catered for our campervan. There is an information centre with a gift shop, café and toilet. It all looks nice. There is a short walk to start the route over a swing bridge. The whole walk took us about 1...More

Thank Chris-and-Soo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While it was raining at the Fox Glacier, the reception staff suggested to go to the Lake Matheson as it might be sunny there and that is is a nice walk. Which we asked for. How right she was, there was a blue sky and...More

Thank aussi33
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Lake Matheson walk is one of the best short walks in New Zealand. The track is well maintained with lots of view points & information panels. The lake & surrounding rain forest are gorgeous and you will get beautiful views of the Southern Alps...More

Thank Sarah53187
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. On a clear day, the reflection of the lake is spectacular, and the walk is enjoyable and beautiful. Certainly one of the most incredible sights I've seen.

Thank Mary L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The scenery is hidden for most of the track except a few perfect moments where it just takes your breath away! We were fortunate to have a blue sky and no clouds. This has to be one of the most picturesque spots in New Zealand's...More

Thank Veronica V
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
ankurmalik83
How far is lake mathesan from fox glacier heartland hotel? Can it be walked from there?
January 6, 2017|
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Response from trishsoto | Reviewed this property |
Mel-Kiwi-NZ answered the question very well.
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chloe_ca
Is the Lake Matheson 1.5km walk suitable for a pram?
March 20, 2016|
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Response from JohnMP9967JP |
Yes the walk from the car park to the jetty is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. There are steps beyond that.
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summychu
kindly advise which is the best location to take photos at Sunrise at Lake Matheson? 1. The jetty? or 2. the Western end of the lake? thousand thanks
February 7, 2017|
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Response from JACKCCCCC | Reviewed this property |
At the reflection island. It is landmarked with signs at the beginning of the trail. Turn right at that intersection.
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