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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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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (14 reviews)
“lamb” (37 reviews)
Opens in 4 min
All hours
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 15 February 2012

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful stop at this location during our 9 day tour of New Zealand! The views and hiking trails were perfect but the the food and hospitality were the real treat! Don't miss the "Honeynut Slices"! They are worth the...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 15 February 2012

can't beat the view - all the big peaks of NZ in one place. it is like sitting at the end of a telescope and seeing, in one view, all the greatest mountains of the entire country. coffee is excellent. the staff is mediocre. some...More

Thank talljelly
Reviewed 14 February 2012

I brought clients on a tour of New Zealand and it was so good we had brunch everyday at the cafe while lodging in Fox Glacier. The waiters even brought out coffee to the participants who were outside photographing Mounts Cook and Tasman. The cafe...More

Thank kahkityoong
Reviewed 14 February 2012

This cafe is in a lovely spot with beautiful views. We had coffee and a light snack (egg and bacon pie) mid-afternoon and found the service to be good, presentation excellent, the food tasty, and the coffee good. Don't miss the gift shop next door...More

Thank mumontherun
Reviewed 13 February 2012

Great food, friendly service, good value, with views over grazing cows to mountains -- clouds permitting. And a chance to walk some of it off on the lake track (1 hr circuit). Good idea to book, it was very busy the night we were there,...More

Thank Margaret2037
Reviewed 12 February 2012

This cafe is very well situated so you can walk to Lake Matheson before or after your meal. There's also a nice gift shop next door. The cafe is bright, clean, and attractive but, at the same time, quite casual. The food was excellent.

Thank like2travelnhike
Reviewed 9 February 2012

Pretty expensive for what you get - lovely setting but average meal

Thank szjam
Reviewed 6 February 2012

We arrived at the cafe in time for a lunch on the sunny deck. Beautiful views over farmland and forests to the snow capped Southern Alps. Ordered a corn and bacon soup which was thick and delicious and the other half ordered whitebait fritters which...More

Thank zambrosia
Reviewed 6 February 2012

If we had gone here our first night in Fox Glacier, we might have gone back our second night - it was that good. Perfectly prepared fish, good sides, delicious dessert, friendly and efficient service. Wish the weather had been better because there must have...More

Thank dayhikers
Reviewed 5 February 2012

I don't think I've ever returned to the same restaurant two nights in a row before, but that was how good Matheson Cafe was. The lamb chops and the mushroom risotto were both out of this world! Beautiful views, as well.

Thank meredith1722
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Restaurant Details

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