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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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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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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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San Rafael
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2010

The space is modern - almost to the point of being a little sparse - but the orientation of the restaurant and its banks of picture windows provide amazing vistas of Mounts Tasman and Cook across picturesque pastures. The fairly short menu features creative dishes accentuating the freshest ingredients. We returned for a second night to enjoy the view and... More 

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Brighouse, West Yorkshire
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 March 2010

Pleasant dinner with good view and good food. Service was good and staff friendly. You do need to drive there though from Fox Glacier town and various motels. We were there in the evening and it would be a good place to be at lunchtime following a walk around the Lake

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Auckland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 March 2010

We stopped for coffee and yummy cake after a wet walk to Lake Matheson. We liked the surrondings so much we went back for dinner. The views and the changing evening light made it a memorable meal. We had such good food that we returned for the next two evenings. Some of the best meals we have had in NZ.... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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53 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2010

Very nice place to have a meal after walking around the lake. Food was nice and I felt not too expensive.

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London
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2010

Excellent food - not a huge menu, but the meals are well executed - highly recommended.

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Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2010

An unbeatable view, great coffee and a good food selection. What more could you ask for?

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Sydney
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2010

We trundled in after reading a recommendation in one of the millions of brochure/guid books. WOW!!! We got a bit exited when we saw the menu and wanted to order everything and we nearly did. ALL of it was awesome - we would have gone back the next day and everyday after if we had been staying. It was completely... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2010

We visited the Matheson Cafe twice during our stay at Fox Glacier. It was friendly and roomy for our two kids and the food was top notch without being too expensive. Next door is a pretty good little Kiwi craft shop and the little walk to the lake is very pretty. It seems to be a popular place for camper... More 

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Wintergreen, Virginia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2009

We had dinner at the Matheson Cafe while staying in Fox Glacier. The meal was excellent, the facility was modern and comfortable and the views were spectacular.

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Thank FarmerThomas
singapore
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2009

After walking at the lake matheson, we dropped by to have a light breakfast, having mocsacino and sharing a mushroom and thyme omelette dish. IT WAS DELICIOUS! must try!

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$3 - US$24
Cuisine
Pizza, European, Delicatessen, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 22:00
Monday
08:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 22:00
Thursday
08:00 - 22:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
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
Description
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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