Established in 2004 and moving through several developmental stages, Matheson Café has created a unique, warm and welcoming environment where the emphasis is on the best quality food and coffee, with carefully selected wines and the finest produce sourced from local sources. Being recipients of the NZ Beef and Lamb Hallmark of Excellence Award is a testament to this.

Having lived in Fox Glacier since 1997, we understand the quality produce that this fine part of the country offers. Why would you go elsewhere when you have paradise on your doorsteps?

In 2008, we developed a larger café and dining facility, which now has seating for over 100 people with its own unique atmosphere and ambience. An expansive deck provides views of the surrounding areas and the perfect place to enjoy the sun and drift the afternoon away.

This development also included the establishment of ReflectioNZ Gifts and Gallery store, which now boasts some of the best souvenirs, giftware, clothing and designer wares available in New Zealand … and all at great prices.


Our Mission

We have high standards for ourselves and the service we provide to our customers. We constantly strive for improvement with the mission of being New Zealand’s premier café and restaurant, providing fresh food and superb beverages in a discerning and stylish setting.

We aim to cater for all visitors to Lake Matheson and hope the facilities we provide at the start of the walking track will enhance your Lake Matheson experience. We strive for excellence to bring you the very best in our products and services in this special location.


Chris and Shelly Alexander – Owner

Tim McKinlay – Head Chef