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Lake Matheson Walk

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Great mirror effect

This track is easy, and well kept. There is minimal incline. Nice hour loop around the lake! Lovely... read more

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Kerri a
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Great walk. Easy with Great Views

Great walk, you have to do if you are in the area. Really great spot for mirror lake photos. Easy... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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 yesterday via mobile

This track is easy, and well kept. There is minimal incline. Nice hour loop around the lake! Lovely views all the way, I would suggest going early (while water is calm)to see that desired mirror effect of the mountains.There's a gift shop annd a Cafe...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice trail and walk, can do the full loop in under 90 minutes comfortably. If the weather is wet or foggy on the drive in you wont get reflections off the lake though. Cafe was closed when we got there at 4pm

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great walk, you have to do if you are in the area. Really great spot for mirror lake photos. Easy walk around the lake, not too long and not difficult. Would struggle if you were in a wheelchair as there is levels and stairs but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

While others were kayaking, I walked around the lake. On a warm day, it is beautiful and soothing. The pictures were great

Thank LynnRI
Reviewed 1 week ago

It rained steadily the entire time we walked around Lake Matheson, so we were pretty soggy! It was still a lovely walk through the bush on an easy, well-kept path. We went back the next day hoping to see sunrise, and the weather was much...More

Thank arby3777
Reviewed 1 week ago

To get to the viewpoint is about a 15 minute walk--but very easy. We went on sunset on a clear day it it was fabulous.

Thank cookpias
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great walk - anywhere from an hour to two hours depending on your speed and if you want to spend time in contemplation at this beautiful place.

Thank DeeWhy51
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a "mirror lake" which says it all, except that you have to walk through a few hundred metres of amazing bush to get to it. The walk is just as interesting and inspiring as the views of the mountains reflected in the lake....More

Thank JackandFrances
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is a reason this is one of the most photographed places in NZ. We were super lucky to have a completely clear blue skies. The mountain reflection on the lake was perfectly clear! It is more than worth the short walk to the view...More

Thank sherrin n
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An easy walk and only minutes out of Fox Glacier township. We had 2 slow kids and with time for stops to explore and take pics allow around an hour. The walk is through lovely forest with moss everywhere and just so pretty. We were...More

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7 January 2017|
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Response from trishsoto | Reviewed this property |
Mel-Kiwi-NZ answered the question very well.
21 March 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.