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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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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 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 4 days ago via mobile

Must visit if you're in fox glacier, anything tatses good here with such amazing view in the background... before or after the lake Matheson walk 🙂

Thank Dharmendra K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant opens at 8:00am and gives you enough time for a good breakfast and to enjoy the walk around the lake before the wind gets up. Cheerful and friendly staff, too.

Thank DeeWhy51
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The “cafe” is warm and beautiful itself w huge windows looking out to the decks and the mountains. The breakfast was delicious, fresh and hot. Then it is a short stroll to the lake to see the beautiful reflection of the mountings in the lake.

Thank sherrin n
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply amazing!!! We had lamb shank and chicken. Mushroom sauce is the best we v ever tried. Great atmosphere and amazing interior. Definitely recommend for visiting.

Thank galya4ka
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

After the Lake Matheson walk, we grabbed coffee and cakes. Love the Honey & Nuts Pie .. Friendly and Nice Staff there too..

Thank lazypigcess
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Beautiful scenery for sure. Nice food too. Comfy place. A nice choice after walking around the lake area.

Thank Elle N
Reviewed 2 August 2018

Next to Lake Matheson the Café offers great views of the area; it is the starting point for nice walks surrounding the lake. Modern interior and nice terrace to have lunch or dinner. We went there for two dinners and were surprised by the high...More

Thank happyfourGent
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We had a fabulous lunch after we had the incredible experience of walkin the loop of Lake Mathieson- Kumara Beetroot and Feta soup was outstanding- service was great- would highly recommend

Thank Shirley C
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Good spot, below average food. Customer service was very poor. Waitress completely ignored us as we arrived, despite it being after peak lunch time and on a week day. Waitress made eye contact with us several times while we waited at the counter but didn’t...More

Thank KeeleyS84
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Visited on Thursday 10th May. Looked new and well maintained café near the carpark at the start/finish of the Lake Matheson walking track. We rewarded ourselves with a coffee after our walk. They have a varied selection of food from getting just a snack to...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$3 - US$23
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
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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
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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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