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Matheson Cafe

Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (16 reviews)
“cake” (18 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
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Pizza, European, Deli, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

Comfortable modern cafe, beautiful setting/views and excellent coffee and cake. Perfect pre walk pick-me-up.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank carolineAallum
Reviewed 2 days ago

The food here was pretty good (not excellent and not as described on the menu; I don't know what they think couscous is). The view was also lovely. Unfortunately, however, the service was quite shocking. I imagine that the owner of this establishment would be...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JacksonWalks
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Upon recommendations of the staff, I ordered a lamb salad, seafood platter and a salmon pie. Only the salmon pie tasted good. The lamb tasted too strong for our liking and the seafood platter wasn't that fantastic either. We should have ordered the wraps instead...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 264gweny
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walk around Lake Matheson is most enjoyable. There are many scenic spots around the lake. The trail is shaded by luscious forest. My opinion Matheson cafe is the best restaurant at Fox Glacier

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank peacewithyou
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This isa popular spot with lots oh tourist (busses included). The cafe did however never feel crowded. Their a myriad of choices for the hungry person (and sweets of course). I tried the salmon bagel which was ok but I would have liked a bit...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 60FK
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped at the cafe for breakfast before taking a walk to the lake. Food was excellent and the prices reasonable. Coffee was very good. Staff friendly with good service.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank OzHolly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had an extra night setup over here which want ideal, but you can't control the weather. So we had dinner here, which was very good, and I'd say the best place in Fox. Well 5 min drive. The lake walk the next day was...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Mark R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food and drink although a little pricey. The walk around the lake is fantastic beautiful area to spend a couple of hours. A must do when in fox glacier.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank LynseyUK55
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a few cafes on the main road but this cafe is about 6K down the road and totally worth the trip. Food is excellent and the views of the mountains are WAY better than in town. PLus, you can digest your food while...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank leahw1979
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely restaurant with a beautiful view across the countryside to the mountains. Unfortunately the mountain peaks were shrouded in cloud but we returned the next morning for breakfast and Fox Glacier was clearly visible. It is advisable to book for dinner as the cafe...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jamesbN9673DS
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$3 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 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
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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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