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“Great coffee and an excellent view”
Review of Matheson Cafe

Matheson Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $24
Cuisines: New Zealand
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
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.
Reviewed November 1, 2013

The cafe is next to Matheson lake, and the obvious sdpot for a coffee on your return. The coffee was excellent, and the view from the veranda over Mount Cook, sumblime.

Thank AnnieBooboos
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

We ate here before setting off for a walk around the lake, the food was very nice, the staff were friendly and the food was very reasonable. The coffee was very good too.

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2  Thank mick1518979
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Stopped in for breakfast after walking to the lake for a photo op, unfortunately there was no reflection of the mountains as it was a little too windy. However the actual bush walk to the lake was lovely.

We arrived back to the cafe at about 9am, it was fairly empty, only two tables were occupied. Luckily we ordered and received our food before the Contiki type bus full of youngins arrived, They too had just walked to the lake, some of them in their Ugg boots, some looking bored and in need of a coffee! The Cafe was very efficient at serving them all, but we'd left before they were all served as it was becoming a bit noisy and not overly relaxing. Had they not been there, it might of been more relaxing, as the view of the mountains is spectacular from the Cafe.

The food was reasonably priced and while not spectacular, still nice.

1  Thank karabatraveller
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Not to be missed. Don't skimp, go for the full English breakfast, amazing potato rosti and perfect poached egg. Delicious and artistic coffee too, with lovely atmosphere to glass cafe room

Thank Elly242
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great service, great food and an incredible view, right next to the Lake Matheson track which is a wonderful 1 hour hike. We had the hardest time trying to pick what to eat because everything on the menu looked great. We settled on a Panini, the soup special and the chunky fries. Everything was piping hot, fresh and beautifully seasoned. Service was super-friendly and we felt really welcome here. Consider the beautiful, modern café, the prices were very very reasonable. Well worth the short drive out to this café and do the Matheson track while you are there...you won't regret it!

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3  Thank Estas123
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