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Lake Matheson Walk

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Beautiful calm waters

The reflection was so beautiful. We did a morning hike and it was very peaceful and cold as well... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Spectacular views

I had a very enjoyable walk round the lake, despite deteriorating weather, it was well worth the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Lake Matheson is nestled in ancient forest and is famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Its excellent reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water – the result of organic matter leached from the humus...more
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Lake Matheson Road | Fox Glacier area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The reflection was so beautiful. We did a morning hike and it was very peaceful and cold as well. The still water and beauty mountain reflection.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I had a very enjoyable walk round the lake, despite deteriorating weather, it was well worth the effort. The path was well maintained with picture perfect viewpoints, which meant that I didn't have to try too hard to get good photos!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank carolineAallum
Reviewed 4 days ago

The walk to the nearest viewpoint is about 15mins. It is a relatively comfortable walk. The view from the Jetty viewpoint is beautiful but the overcast was present the whole time we were there.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fadzillah A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting Lake Matheson several times but the last was in Jan 2018. Lovely relaxing walk with stunning views of Fox Glacier on a clear day. The cafe at the lake is also lovely. Worth a visit.

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Leona M
Reviewed 1 week ago

A most enjoyable 90 minutes at a well maintained free tourist attraction. Good parking parking facilities, information & cafe. For the best experience it is best to visit when the weather is calm & the water still to maximise the reflections from the lake. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gentrymark55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe it was the weather, but we walked the entire circuit and it was a solid 1/10 all the way, view wise. Do yourself a favour and leave immediately if the view is not great at the first stop, because it's not going to get...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hengsherm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to see the reflection, go early. We were there around 6.30am. Water was dead calm and we can see the reflection clearly.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jokl78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were here on a poor weather day. It was dry but we could not see the mountain tops and reflections on the lake were poor. However, we had a delightful walk, good vegetation and pleasant views

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk around Lake Matheson took us about 90 minutes. The scenery was beautiful, with Mt. Cook in the background, but unfortunately due to the clouds, we were unable to get good pictures reflecting the mountains in the Lake. The walk was good, both uphill...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beverley R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From here, you're able to catch a view of Mt Cook. The walk is easy but time-consuming. However, it's all worth it as you'll greeted by an eye-opening sight.

Date of experience: November 2018
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January 6, 2017|
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Response from trishsoto | Reviewed this property |
Mel-Kiwi-NZ answered the question very well.
March 20, 2016|
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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