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Matheson Cafe

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Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
+64 3-751 0878
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 via mobile

As the only cafeteria in the area, it is situated at a perfect place. You can gaze at the faraway snowy mountains at the same time of having your delicious food. We had beef burgers for lunch after taking a short walk around the beautiful...More

Thank Brian_da_Chengdu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Following our walk we had lunch @ Matheson café - great selection of food (we had smoked chicken & mushroom crepes, choc biscuit & excellent coffee) plenty of inside & outside tables. All set in great setting. Would recommend.

Thank 60stravellers2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a nice breakfast here before walking to Lake. No complaints. The staff were friendly and prompt and the food was good. Nicd outdoor area to dine if not raining.

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a great walk around Lake Matheson, this cafe has a very quaint and tumblrish feel with GREAT FOOD TOO. Service was friendly, staff was fun and quick witted. Would come back for the cafe too.

Thank keett712
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Im glad you enjoyed our facilities and hope to see you back sometime.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the cafe is quit good & the neighboring gift store is a treat with mainly tasteful mementos to choose from.

Thank planetogra
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had breakfast here after walking the lake and it was beautiful. We sat outside and had eggs benedict and smoked salmon with poached eggs. Delicious.

Thank Barry T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As we got here through the recommendation of our hotel we were very pleased. This is really one of the premium places to go to. On the drive in you can see the glacier and dinner was really good here. We got a nice starter...More

Thank rudolfv151
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a walk around the lake marvelling at the mountains reflected in its waters, we had a wonderful dinner here: beautiful salmon and a good steak. We ate on the deck and were rewarded by a stunning vista as the setting sun lit up the...More

Thank sueleesr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great ribeye steak perfectly cooked with nice accompanying sauce and no chips (👍). I debated having a dessert and was glad I did with a divine chocolate mousse.

Thank Bryan J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of my husband's favorite places in New Zealand . The Lake and views are beaytiful and this cafe has great views, good seating areas and very good food.

Thank MelbourneSeashell
Matheson99, Manager at Matheson Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your comments.

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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
View, Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, 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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