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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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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seafood risotto” (14 reviews)
“cakes” (17 reviews)
“lamb” (42 reviews)
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8:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll 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 1 November 2012

Traveled for 2 weeks in new Zealand. Everywhere we went food, service, hospitality great. This was no exception!

Thank Birkie2
Reviewed 16 October 2012

We had a coffee break here a few times while staying at Fox, the coffee was good, service (Lionel&Nick) excellent, and the views of Mts Cook&Tasman glorious! Happily positioned next to the gorgeous Lake Matheson walk (1 hour), a great place to also while some...More

Thank D M
Reviewed 14 October 2012

had a late bekky there hoping to see the lake but it was raining so we had brunch at the cafe....so glad i did..the brekky was generous and filling and scrumptious!!

Thank Maree B
Reviewed 14 October 2012

Stopped there for a late breakfast after walking around the lake, Had a tasty breakfast with a fantastic view of the mountains. The fruit and nut chews were great too.

Thank Elizabethm42
Reviewed 7 October 2012

After a cold wet walk to the lake we stopped for a coffee at the Lake restaurant and we are glad we did. Good coffee and quick smiley service. Well done wait-staff on her first day.

Thank Wendy S
Reviewed 1 October 2012

Had a great mochacino with a fantastic presentation just like the cafe itself. The carrot cake and chocolate brownie were delicious. Had the most beautiful setting inside and out.

Thank Gemm11
Reviewed 29 September 2012

We had a grabone offer for the cafe, so we opted for a full breakfast each plus a drink. The sun was shining so we sat outside and soaked up the absolutely amazing view of the mountains. The breakfast was good, too much hollandaise sauce...More

Thank debstheleo
Reviewed 28 September 2012

Stopped for lunch after our walk around lake Matheson, food was delicious, lamb perfectly cooked and the combination of seasoning and accompaniments made it clear there was a proper chef in the kitchen. Great service and lovely layout and decor. Beautiful scenery to look out...More

Thank KiwiColleen
Reviewed 20 September 2012

Beautiful location surrounded by farm land and Kahikatea trees. Fabulous mountain views. Friendly service and great food.

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 16 September 2012

Chose to eat here while staying at the Lake Matheson motel. Found staff to be very efficient and friendly & food to be very enjoyable. Location is excellent with view over open fields to mountains behind Fox Glacier town.

Thank matthew_graham23
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, 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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