Lake Matheson – New Zealand Scenic Icon

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. At the base of Lake Matheson and gateway to the walkway are Matheson Café and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery. The café offers quality food in a luxurious environment and the gift store is always a favourite, offering a range of Kiwiana products, clothing and souvenirs. A trip to Lake Matheson is simply not complete without a visit to Matheson Café and ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery.


Lake Matheson

A must visit location on your journeys through New Zealand. With Fox Glacier and Mt Cook in the background, it is simply breath taking.

The Cafe

Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, our simple, inviting menu features fresh ingredients sourced from our favourite local suppliers.

Gift Store

Showcasing a selection of contemporary and Kiwiana gifts, clothing, souvenirs, jewellery and artwork, ReflectioNZ offers high quality and affordable wares.


Winding through ancient native rainforest, the three viewing platforms offer amazing vista of Lake Matheson, with Fox Glacier and Mount Cook.

Latest Products

our selection of special items

Superb & Relaxing Cafe and Dining Experience


Great Coffee

Rated the number one café in Fox Glacier, our trained baristas deliver crafted espresso blends. The perfect end to a relaxing walk.

Great Food

Our cabinets are bursting with deli style sandwiches, sweets, savouries and salads, while our chefs freshly prepare items of the menu.

Great Gifts

Whether you’re after a souvenir, piece of Kiwiana or a designer piece to feature in your home, ReflectioNZ has it all. Now offering an online store.

Great Views

Glaciers, lakes and mountains … some of the most dramatic and breath taking views in New Zealand. The only question is why wouldn’t you visit us.