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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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  • 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 4 March 2012

View was fantastic, food was excellent, staff was courteous.

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 3 March 2012

We ventured out of town to this cafe in the hope it would be good (we just took a gamble from looking at a map and discovering there was a cafe there). Although it's around 10k out of town, it's well worth the drive as...More

Thank Cheryl A
Reviewed 2 March 2012

Better if the sun is out. An upmarket rest't with innovative dishes. Good value. We were very pleased.

Thank sapdon
Reviewed 2 March 2012

Fabulous food and view and the service was superb! We highly recommend this restaurant. Also, there is a lovely gift shop next door where we purchased some items. The people of New Zealand are delightful!

Thank Wayne_Carol
Reviewed 1 March 2012

excellent view, excellent food. immaculate cafe, great service

Thank Berylhinton
Reviewed 28 February 2012

We were recommended this place by our host At Clearwater Bed and Breakfast. What a beautiful place, wish we had more time to do some of the walks around the lake. Wonderful view of Mt Cook, if you are lucky. staff very helpful and friendly,...More

Thank Friiskiwi
Reviewed 27 February 2012

After spending the day visiting the two Glaciers, we decided to have a mid-afternoon respite at Cafe Matheson. The day was brilliant sunshine, so we sat on the veranda and enjoyed a cappuccino, almost too beautifully done to drink (we did), and some wine which...More

Thank jimfromjackson
Reviewed 27 February 2012

This place has lovely views of the mountains and surroundings. The staff were friendly and it has a nice modern feel to the place. The food was nice but the mains were a little expensive unless you ordered a pizza. Homemade icecream was really tasty...More

Thank lu_rvs
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Stopped here for brekky after our hike to and around Lake Matheson. Great food. Had Pancakes and shared some Mueslie with long black and Moccachino. Al were tasty and fresh. Sat on the patio outside on a beautiful and sunny day. It was truly amazing...More

Thank Superstar070707
Reviewed 25 February 2012

This place came highly recommended so we were looking forward to having dinner here. The menu looked good and we ordered. After a wait of an hour our food arrived and was very well presented. However, our meat was raw. Not just a little pink....More

Thank 11Benth
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Restaurant Details

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