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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” (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 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
Reviewed 30 March 2013

The cafe and the adjacent shop offer a wide range of New Zealand handcraft and souvenirs, of a quality above the usual products. The cafe offers light meals during the day and serious dining in the evening. We had a very good dinner, a good...More

1  Thank pineapple_girl88
Reviewed 29 March 2013

After a very disappointing meal our first night in Fox Glacier, a couple recommended the Matheson Cafe. I had lamb and my wife fish, both meals were delightful.

1  Thank OhioJ44
Reviewed 28 March 2013

We stopped here three times and were impressed by the food and service every time ... no wonder it is number 1 restaurant in Fox. I was surprised that it was called a 'cafe' rather than a 'restaurant'. We initially stopped after a heli-hike on...More

1  Thank Chris F
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We initially came here for the walk around the lake, and decided to eat at the cafe because it was recommended in a guide book and it was dinnertime after our walk. The walk itself was a bit of a disappointment because the low clouds,...More

1  Thank peela
Reviewed 17 March 2013

The views were fantastic especially at sunset. The food was also a very high standard - we were delighted with our meal and the dessert was amazing.

Thank Timbermil
Reviewed 15 March 2013

You must stop here for the trip round the lake to see Mount Cook reflected perfectly in the waters. An astonishing sight. You should be aware though, that like many places in NZ you'll be in for a bit of a trek, uphill and down....More

Thank MaxCLondon
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Excellent coffee and mufffins with the added bonus of a beautiful view over to the mountains - and a brisk (or relaxing, as you prefer) walk arond the lake with its mountain reflections to come.

Thank Colin H
Reviewed 12 March 2013

Nothing to dislike perfect position excellent food. Do the walk first it's quite long but well worth it, plenty of photo shoots. Then you can look forward to visit to cafe. If you want to avoid coach parties then go very early, say before 9am....More

Thank Jillian P
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Restaurant Details

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