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Matheson Cafe Restaurant

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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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 23 April 2010

Excellent food, reasonable price (you may need to book). Be aware that the Lake Matheson café does not actually have a view of the lake (which is c. 10 mins. walk away), but the views from it are still terrific.

Thank excel12
Reviewed 19 April 2010

Great food, staff and views , after traverling around New Zealsnd for 3 week I can say this was the best find.... dont miss the walk around the lake. Its a must when your at Fox... Karen n Phil, Australia. March 2010.

Thank Kaz0155
Reviewed 3 April 2010

We had a meal here on the recommendation of the manager of the motel we were staying at and were certainly not dissapointed. Its a bit off the beaten track so there is no way we would have found it in passing. We both had...More

1  Thank Traveller_S-WalesUK
Reviewed 26 March 2010

We ate really good in this lovely restaurant with a great view, but were still hungry when we left the table. This was the first time that we had this in NZ. But talking about the food, it was really yummie (I was so brave...More

Thank WendyvD
Reviewed 19 March 2010

Set near Lake Matheson (beautiful lake), easy walk, staff was attentive, food was very good, open air concept in cafe, large viewing windows.

1  Thank undertaker01
Reviewed 19 March 2010

Open airy building with views of Mt Cook on one side and the moss-covered rainforests around Lake Matheson on another. Great service from a European waiter. Entrees included lime and pepper calamari, a light chicken, bacon and rocket salad, linguine (olives, tomatoes, pesto and red...More

1  Thank rdf88
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...More

Thank mickmacs007
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...More

Thank BrighouseExplorers
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...More

Thank Roz60
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.

Thank Ang C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$25
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
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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
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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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