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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%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, 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 2 weeks ago

very friendly staff, very good meal, mushrooms and chicken wrap is excellent. Nice place to relax after the walk round the lake

Thank palbeck
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful cafe, elegant building, beautifully situated with stunning views of Mount Cook. We dined after walking round the lake, tender lamb, and delicious puds (cheesecake and pannacotta). Staff were very friendly and efficient, despite some trying times with customers who thought it would be...More

1  Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located just outside the township of Fox Glacier and adjacent to the Lake Matheson walk this café is ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner with superb views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman and glacier. Very good cuisine at reasonable prices. A must for at...More

Thank grahambone
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is located near lake matheson. This is good to have a bite before or after your walking trip to the lake that took roughly 1 to 2 hours depending on the route. It’s a fine dining New Zealand restaurant that offered lamb, venison, local...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cafe is just beside the car park. You can sit inside or outside and enjoy the amazing viewsof the mountains

Thank Annette Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As you would expect, the location is stunning, a warm evening and managed to obtain a table outside. Very busy and although not a large menu, what we did order was very tasty and well presented and not too expensive. There was a menu with...More

Thank Steve S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After an hour’s walking to and from the lake in the afternoon, we decided to have a slice of Carrot Cake, a slice of Chocolate Cake and some coffees at the Cafe. The cakes were really yummy but the service was not up to that...More

Thank Sunny W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely cafe at a lovely location. Well worth a visit. Good food and some shopping as well as a nice walk around the nearby lake of the same name

Thank Steve C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel restaurant was closed so we had dinner twice at Matheson. Both times we had a surprisingly good meal, not too expensive. The staff is very friendly and the view is great.

Thank webcycler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We thought we would just take a evening walk to the lake. instead we saw the cattle or I should say they saw us sitting at the cafe - restaurant. My hubbies 65th birthday surprise. The service excellent, the food superb and found 2 other...More

Thank Funfoodfavourites
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$26
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, Child-friendly, View, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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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