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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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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“seafood risotto” (15 reviews)
“lamb” (48 reviews)
“cakes” (16 reviews)
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CUISINES
Pizza, European, Deli, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
RATINGS
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LOCATION
Lake Matheson Road, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park (Te Wahipounamu) 7859, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago

After a walk around the lake, it is obvious to hit this cafe right at the car park. It has simply outstanding views, ambiance and food served by very nice smiling staff. The food is fresh, delicious and sumptuous.

Thank Satyabrata
Reviewed 6 days ago

Stopped here after our drizzly walk around Lake Matheson for a coffee and snack. Had a delicious cup of coffee - but really is there bad coffee anywhere in NZ?? We shared a yummy veggie wrap and a generous slice of Hummingbird Cake. Both very...More

Thank cmb72015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great coffee and lovely breakfast - best in town. Good value too. Spectacular view, worth the short drive out of town and definitely walk to the lake.

Thank Ingrid L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This cafe is one of our favorite during the trip. Perfect view, perfect coffee, perfect lunch. All ingredients are fresh, tasty, nice presentation. Service is so fast, welcome and smile. We really love Lake Matheson and its cafe so very much.

Thank petites_people
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food with stunning views and a 40 minute lake walk (we’ll sign posted) easy to find just head to Lake Matheson

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The views from this cafe are stunning looking over the cows in the lush green paddock to the snow capped mountains.There is plenty of seating inside and out. Unfortunately that is where it ended for us when we went there for afternoon tea. We arrived...More

Thank Benaroon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good location with a great view seeing mt cook and mt Tasman. After a sunrise shooting with almost an hour hiking, this is a very good place to relax and enjoy the breakfast. There are a lot of choices and we had the omelette and...More

Thank Joyce T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful breakfast, great service, stunning scenery. Despite the rain had an awesome experience. Gift shop is exceptional!! Will come back to see Lake Matheson in the sun!!

Thank Nikki M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 3 nights in Fox Glacier and we went to this gem 3 times. It was that good. Food is organic, locally sourced and of the best quality. The chef really knows what he or she is doing and it shows in the quality...More

Thank locosfc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I came here for breakfast after a walk early in the morning to see Lake Matheson. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside the cafe and we could see Mt Tasman and Mt Cook in its full glory. The view...More

Thank Nightdj31
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$3 - US$24
Meals
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
Sunday
08:00 - 16:00
Monday
08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 16:00
Thursday
08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 16:00
Saturday
08:00 - 16:00
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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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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