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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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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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 19 March 2017

Delicious food - excellent NZ lamb but served with more unusual accompaniments than your traditional veg and potatoes. Good pastries too and good coffee. Sitting inside but with huge windows to admire the lovely view adds to the pleasure of the meal.

Thank JofromFrance1
Reviewed 19 March 2017

After a very long, tiring hike through the spectacular countryside, we had around 20 minutes before our group departed. I grabbed a delicious Chai Latte and pastry for a refresh before departure. The staff was friendly and accommodating and while I didn't take advantage of...More

Thank ricriordon
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The café is situated at the DOC information centre at the beginning of the walk to Lake Matheson. It provides a stunning panoramic view of the Southern Alps with Mt. Cook and Mt. Tasman. The food is pretty good although the portions are a little...More

Thank JV_Travelling
Reviewed 16 March 2017

If you want spend a good time near the lake, good choice. The food is tastg and simple. Good value for the touristic place. Don t exspect the fantastic view, normal no more

Thank HDLBruxelles
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend. The food is great. Priced fairly for a good restaurant. I had the lamb (excellent) and my dining partner the fish of the day (I can't remember what it was but she said it was delicious).

Thank Occasionalhoteluser
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Went there from a recommendation, which turned out to be very good. My wife and I both had the local lamb, which was excellent. The service was quick and friendly. We had a table in the window which gave us a fantastic view of Mount...More

Thank Michael O
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The location is perfect and after a track out to the lake a well needed ☕️ coffee. The lake is certainly worth the effort and a must see. I did notice that after we took the shots, the breeze ruined the view a little as...More

Thank MartinJLaws
Reviewed 12 March 2017

it was a real pleasure to sit after an hour walk around Lake Matheson and enjoy the view as well as a good Cappuccino and an amazing Frangipani.

Thank Rilotf
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We had a late lunch in this restaurant and sat outside in the sun. Very nice meal with friendly waiting staff.

Thank RowePCCA
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We ate here on both nights we stayed in Fox. It was recommended by our B&B and the food was great with brilliant views as the clouds lifted and Mount Cook appeared bathed in the setting sun. We had lunch and coffee there too -...More

Thank Rebecca P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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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
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
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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