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Matheson Cafe

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Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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Bourne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very expensive - I would say 50% more than an equivalent No free wifi and it couldnt find a signal No encouragement for me to return I think they are taking advantage of their location

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Thank Peter H
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Peter, Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are sorry that your experience with the Wi-Fi was not as expected. Due to our remote location and rural environment, our paid internet service is the only one we can provide. More 

Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They location is stunning , the menu is to match . So much variety and more than just cafe food , breakfast from 7:30-11:30 , lunch 11:30-3:30. The walk are great too but make sure to leave enough time for the return .

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Thank nicolebrennanman
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Nicole, Thank you for your five stars review. At Matheson Cafe we love to offer a wide range of flavours in order to please every palate. We hope to see you again in the future. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After walking around Matheson lake this is a great place to relax and unwind. Food is well prepared with a limited menu but very tasty with some local influences.

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Thank Kem1609
Matheson99, Front of House Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Kem, Thank you for your positive feedback. We appreciate that you value our local influences. We look forward to your return. More 

Brisbane, Australia
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106 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

This amazing cafe is set out looking over green fields and a picture perfect mountain range. After you have experienced eating breakfast here you won't even want to have it any other way, with every bit of food that is served as amazing as the land scape this cafe is a must visit and I bet very popular among the... More 

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Thank LiveToEatToLive
Wellington, New Zealand
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99 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Hot Chocolate with cinnamon was unexpected and incredibly welcome after a dawn walk to Lake Matheson in the frosty cold. Pleasant, quick service and a WARM cafe - glad we didn't stop there first, would never have left!

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Thank Mel-Kiwi_NZ
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

very nice cafe with great scenery. very easy to get to as well from the fox glacier town. love the food!

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Thank Rachelpsl
Paris, France
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

Very good place to grab a bite before walking around Lake Matheson. Friendly staff and yummy food. The nut cluster was so good!

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Thank milleniumfalcoln
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We came across this restaurant after the helihike to fix glacier. Not expecting any quality food in the area, we ended up having a delicious lunch here. The best meal I had for the entire trip (4days) in Franz Josef and Fix Glaciers.

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Thank dino7244
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely meal here after fantastic walk round the Lake. Service was superb and wine as always with NZ wine was spot on.

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Thank Krissie76
Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Visited on a rather foggy day but the view from the cafe was still beautiful. The lamb burger was delicious and huge! Nice artwork in the cafe and very clean toilets. A walk around the lake after lunch made for the perfect afternoon.

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Thank emmassie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $25
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Pacific Rim, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  West Coast Region  >  Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu)  >  Fox Glacier
  • Phone Number: +64 3-751 0878
Description
Enjoy unsurpassed views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman whilst dining at our contemporary style café at the entrance to the Lake Matheson Walkway. Open 7 days from 8am for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and open for dinner in peak summer season. Comfortable indoor seating and expansive deck area. Adjacent to the cafe is the ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery offering a range of high quality Kiwiana products, clothing and souvenirs. 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. A trip to Lake Matheson is simply not complete without a visit to Matheson Cafe and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery.

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