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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” (15 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 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 6 May 2018 via mobile

My husband and I came here for breakfast after a walk early in the morning to see Lake Matheson. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside the cafe and we could see Mt Tasman and Mt Cook in its full glory. The view...More

Thank Nightdj31
Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Nice lunch, good value and lovely views, the walk leaves from the cafe and there are souvenirs next door

Thank Russell R
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Location couldn't be better when the clouds over the mountains lift revealing a spectacular view. The food was probably the best around the Fox Glacier but we could not take out eyes off the view. Definitely worth a drive out of the Fox Glacier Town...More

Thank SlothRescue
Reviewed 23 April 2018

At the DoC office at Haast we were advised to have breakfast at the Lake Matheson café. This attractive modern building was new since I was last at the Lake. We rushed in from the rain into the warm and glowing building. Local attractive art...More

1  Thank 669MJG
Reviewed 18 April 2018

The best part was the view, we sat outside and enjoyed the sunshine and fresh air and great views. Good job, out coffee took almost 25 minutes and we'd almost finished or cake when we went back inside to try and speed things up. The...More

2  Thank Allgoodthyngs
Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

We came here twice for breakfast. The view is beautiful whether it is sunny or misty and if you’re lucky you will even get the cows in the paddock out front in your beautiful NZ photos. It is definitely worth the short drive out. The...More

1  Thank travelbunny
Reviewed 15 April 2018

We all had a nice lunch here. Nice location and outlook. Staff were helpful. I enjoyed the goat Roti.

Thank YLisette
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped here for breakfast as we were leaving Franz Josef. What a lovely view from the Cafe. The breakfast and coffee were delicious. Recommend this place.

Thank OurWeen
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

A really beatiful place with stunning views.. we ordered the matheson breakfast loaded with eggs,bacon, toast, potatoes, mushrooms, veggies topped with hollandaise... The meal was hearty but at the same light on the stomach.. courteous service too.. Just a small goof up with one of...More

Thank Mishal M
Reviewed 14 April 2018

I came here thinking there would be spectacular views of the mountains/glaciers and the lake but I was disappointed. The mountains were clouded over most of the time and the lake is a 20 minute drive away. We went for breakfast and found limited choices...More

Thank Risa M
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Restaurant Details

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