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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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“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 4 June 2013

On a lovely cool, sunny day we sat outside taking in the wonderful snow capped mountain view and had a lovely lunch after spending the morning walking on Fox Glacier. This cafe is very modern and sits beautifully in its wonderful setting.

3  Thank Mwalker47
Reviewed 30 May 2013

Welcoming and friendly staff with some marvellous cake selections. Other food was available, the ambience and cleanliness was excellent.

1  Thank Ian5982
Reviewed 18 May 2013

Best cafe between Christchurch and Wanaka along the West Coast. Great breakfast food - get the Mustard Rosti!!

2  Thank TwoscoopsW
Reviewed 6 May 2013

This place has a fantastic view, lovely cakes and the best hot chocolate that I've ever tasted. A really good place for breakfast if you're in the area.

2  Thank Wolvesblue2
Reviewed 5 May 2013

The cafe is the best place to watch sunrise. Must get the omelette!! The best I ever had. Coffee was average.

2  Thank pomoco
Reviewed 3 May 2013

On a recent trip up the West Coast with our 2 children, we decided to follow a recommendation for lunch and go to the Lake Matheson Cafe. We started with a superb walk around the lake which was just long enough with our 4 1/2...More

2  Thank jeanjeannie123
Reviewed 17 April 2013

We came here toward the end of the day and just wanted a coffee and a snack. The selection on offer was good and the restaurant menu read exceptionally well. There is plenty of seating both inside and out, with the outside seats offering good...More

1  Thank TravelNutBristol
Reviewed 12 April 2013

The Cafe is modern with glass walls overlooking the grasslands and mountains. And you can get some great ice cream bars. There is a beautiful art gallery/boutique next to the cafe that carries quality art made in the area. Also, this is where the trail...More

1  Thank DuchessKathy
Reviewed 11 April 2013

Decided to make the short drive (10 min.) out to Lake Matheson cafe due to a disappointing meal in Fox Glacier town the night before.The cafe is in a country setting with lovely views of the mountains and a great sunset. The cafe is open...More

Thank CDMWareham
Reviewed 1 April 2013

What a lovely place. A very trendy interior with a great view out to the mountains through huge windows and a Lovely outdoor area. You can buy wine by the glass. My husband really enjoyed his lamb burger and I had a very nice veggie...More

1  Thank Cheryl K
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Restaurant Details

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