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Lake Matheson Walk

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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If you want to see the reflection, go early. We were there around 6.30am. Water was dead calm and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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We were here on a poor weather day. It was dry but we could not see the mountain tops and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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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

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

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Reviewed 2 days 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.

Thank jokl78
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank MadalynH7
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank Beverley R
Reviewed 1 week 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.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We meant to check out this quickly but ended up doing the full circle Lake Matheson circuit and it took us 2 hours. It was a really scenic walk and at the Reflection Island lookout, we had a great view of the mountains.

Thank Gwen1001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove early in the morning ( we were there shortly after 8:30 am). The Cafe was not yet open but we decided that we would treat ourselves with a coffee after the hike. The hike itself is an easy trek,with a few steps to...More

Thank JaninaKrol
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Easy walk and a great place to get the mirror reflection of the mountains. However it can be hard to get right. I got lucky and got it, but some had been there for hours and on multiple days to get the right snap. Try...More

Thank 11,001,010,010,110
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here to catch the sunset which I’d recommend! The colours shining on the mountain tops were lovely. The best view was from Reflection Island so definitely worth doing the whole walk around. Was an easy walk too.

Thank Hannah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit this place as a must go list while travel around New Zealand. Get to the lake just in time before the wind start. Nice photo

Thank nanaroundtheworld
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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.