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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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“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 reviews)
Closes in 16 min
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Hours
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 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for lunch before a walk to the lake. The food was excellent.....very well cooked and lovely seasonal ingredients. The views of the mountains from the cafe, inside or outside is stunning. Highly recommended and very good value for the quality on offer.

Thank Jacki H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The views of the mountains whilst we ate our lunch were breathtaking! We opted to sit outside as we had just finished the Lake Matheson walk and wanted to enjoy the stunning views and crisp mountain air. The staff were very friendly and helpful and...More

Thank phoebew599
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place with an amazing view. Great coffee and food. Would love to go back. A not to missed place in fox glacier

Thank Cowybabe
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been twice in this place lucky this time was much more pleasant. Staff very helpful, nice view very quiet and relax to enjoy mountains and blue sky. We order some breakfast nice poached egg on top of a corn and zucchini fritter not...More

Thank Yis G
Reviewed 19 May 2018

After a walk around the lake, it is obvious to hit this cafe right at the car park. It has simply outstanding views, ambiance and food served by very nice smiling staff. The food is fresh, delicious and sumptuous.

Thank Satyabrata
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Stopped here after our drizzly walk around Lake Matheson for a coffee and snack. Had a delicious cup of coffee - but really is there bad coffee anywhere in NZ?? We shared a yummy veggie wrap and a generous slice of Hummingbird Cake. Both very...More

Thank cmb72015
Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

Really great coffee and lovely breakfast - best in town. Good value too. Spectacular view, worth the short drive out of town and definitely walk to the lake.

Thank Ingrid L
Reviewed 15 May 2018 via mobile

This cafe is one of our favorite during the trip. Perfect view, perfect coffee, perfect lunch. All ingredients are fresh, tasty, nice presentation. Service is so fast, welcome and smile. We really love Lake Matheson and its cafe so very much.

Thank petites_people
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Excellent food with stunning views and a 40 minute lake walk (we’ll sign posted) easy to find just head to Lake Matheson

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 11 May 2018

The views from this cafe are stunning looking over the cows in the lush green paddock to the snow capped mountains.There is plenty of seating inside and out. Unfortunately that is where it ended for us when we went there for afternoon tea. We arrived...More

Thank Benaroon
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic, View, Local cuisine
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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