We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Review Highlights
lovely walk in a beautiful place

This lake is well known because of the reflection of the majestic mountains in the clear waters of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mark G
New York City, New York
Easy walk with splendid views... iconic picture in NZ

A must do in the area, as the lake is represented on so many pictures illustrating the beauty of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hong Kong, China
via mobile
Read all 626 reviews
All photos (694)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good24%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“mirror image”(18 reviews)
“mt cook”(40 reviews)
“dawn and dusk”(8 reviews)
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
Open Now
Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
See all hours
Lake Matheson Road | Fox Glacier area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu), New Zealand
+64 3-752 0360
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Fox Glacier
from US$319.90
More Info
from US$312.90
More Info
from US$313.60
More Info
from US$55.10
More Info
Reviews (626)
Filter reviews
514 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsmirror imagemt cookdawn and duskcafe and gift shopthe loopphoto stopsmountain rangemount tasmannew zealandsouthern alpsshort driveclear skycar parksunny dayviews of the mountainssouth islandtake photos
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 514 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago

This lake is well known because of the reflection of the majestic mountains in the clear waters of the lake. The paths around the lake are stunning: the vegetation and esp. the trees are breathtaking. Do not miss this site.

Thank Mark G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A must do in the area, as the lake is represented on so many pictures illustrating the beauty of the NZ nature. This is an easy walk offering stunning views of the area with the mountains in the background. What a treat!

Thank Dom21076
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If the sky is clear, this is a great place to visit. Easy walk . Found a Huawei phone that someone had dropped along the way - luckily managed to ring and contact the owner through the last number dialled.

Thank MelbSur
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Take the walk to Lake Matheson for GREAT views of the mountains reflected in the pristine water. It’s worth the walk. Really. Take your camera. You will not be disappointed. Trails are well-maintained and well-marked. The the trail from the parking lot and go _left_...More

1  Thank CJ G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So glad we made the effort to go to this magical spot. We were in need of a coffee and glad we chose this place to stop. Great coffee with the most amazing view( wish we could go back). Then we did the walk around...More

1  Thank Cowybabe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful stop on our way from Franz Joseph to Queenstown. Easy trail to travers with beautiful scenery at every turn. Excellent visitor's center!

Thank Staley T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A quick 45 min roundtrip gets to a great reflection spot on the jetty. If you have time, it's well worth your time.

Thank brandasa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

just a stunning easy walk to see amazing reflections...great café as well. lots of parking and at sunrise it can be amazing...

Thank whalank
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first it was hard to wake up so early, walk in the dark. We were glad we started around 7:15am when it was still dark, but surprisingly lots of people did the same thing. It was so dark, you could not see any lake,...More

Thank itcheetam
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

We did this with a pram(2 toddlers) and took us an hour to do the whole loop was a very pram friendly track and well maintained. Very peaceful and quaint an easy stroll to get amongst nature and spectacular scenery

Thank Kiwinz1234
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
7 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.