Lake Matheson Cafe

Open 7 days from 8.30 am, Lake Matheson Café is just a few minutes drive from Fox Glacier at the entrance to the Lake Matheson Walkway. With comfortable seating options and deck area, we have unsurpassed views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

Matheson Cafe offers a range of breakfast and lunch options, with our dishes changing to suit seasonal ingredients. The cabinets are always full of delicious pleasures, including deli-style sandwiches, cakes, savouries and salads. All of them made and baked by our kitchen team.

Dinner at Matheson Café
From November to the end of March, Matheson Café changes its persona in the evening from fresh café food to a table service restaurant with an incredible new menu and extensive wine list on offer. Providing the perfect place to enjoy award winning cuisine, sample some of New Zealand’s finest beers and wines, relaxing after your adventures around Fox and Franz Josef Glacier.

Bookings are welcome and essential for large groups and tours.

Wheelchair Accessible

Cafe / Restaurant Hours
01 Nov – 31 Mar 8.30am until 4pm – Breakfast & Lunch
1 Apr – 31 Oct 8.30am – 3pm – Breakfast & Lunch

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Starters
  • Dinner

Served 8.30am – 11:30am

Toasted Bagel 10.50
Cream cheese, raspberry jam or Matheson Cafe peanut butter, toasted linseed & almonds.  
Poached Eggs
Two poached eggs, toasted sourdough, watercress pesto  
Honey Toasted Muesli 11.50
Natural yoghurt, rhubarb & apple compote  
Grilled Bacon, caramelized apple, maple, house made waffles  
Pesto Mushrooms 18.50
Baked mushrooms, halloumi, spinach, pesto & sourdough  
Mushroom Benedict  20.50
Portobello mushrooms, pesto, 2 poached egg, hollandaise  
Salmon Bagel Benedict 20.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise
Bacon Bagel Benedict 20.50
Bacon, baby spinach, two poached eggs, hollandaise  
Wanderer Breakfast
Bacon, sausage, hash brown, 2 eggs on home made toast


Served 11:30am – 3:00pm

Soup of the day
With crusty bread  
BLT Bagel
Grilled bacon, lettuce, tomato, toasted Turkish bread with mustard mayo  
Chicken Ramen  18.50
Grilled chicken, crunchy vegetables, green tea noodles, spiced broth, edamame beans, shallots  
Grilled Vegetable Salad  19.00
Grilled capsicum, pumpkin, edamame beans, mixed lettuce, quinoa, halloumi, pickled grapes, basil dressing  
Add chicken 5.00
Bagel Benedict 20.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise  
Portobello mushroom, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise  
Venison Burger
Venison pattie with bacon, salad greens, sliced tomato, chutney on a toasted bun with fries  
Chicken & Bacon Burger   21.00
Grilled chicken, bacon, salad greens, sliced tomato, chutney on a toasted bun with fries  

A large selection of sweets, sandwiches, paninis and salads available in our counter cabinets

Seasoned wedges with chili sour cream 10.50
Chunky fries with garlic aioli 9.50
Side salad with tomato, cucumber, bell peppers & vinaigrette 10.50

Served 5.30pm – Late

Garlic Bread – Baguette grilled with garlic butter 9.50

Soup – Homemade soup served with freshly baked bread 14.50

Salmon Tatar – Chilli rice wine dressing, avocado, coconut mousse 19.00

Bruschetta – Tomato, basil, garlic truffle oil 13.50

Lamb Ribs – Harissa rubbed ribs, lemon mustard yoghurt 21.00

Calamari Salad – Spiced calamari, mesclun, sprouts, dukkha aioli 18.50



Lamb Salad

Lamb Fillet (m), mesculn, roast dukkha cauliflower, cherry tomato, edamame, basil dressing


Thai Green Fish Salad

Grilled fish fillet, cucumber, capsicum, baby spinach, brown basmati rice, coconut green curry dressing


Pork Belly

Asian slaw, chili soy caramel glaze, baked apple


Merino Lamb Leg

Merino leg (M), polenta, egg plant & zucchini, roast garlic glaze


Aged Beef Ribeye

Grilled Ribeye, mushroom risotto, mushroom confit


Stuffed Eggplant

Edamame, rosemary greens, spinach, pumpkin miso with a chili wine dressing



Pumpkin miso, cauliflower crumble, nori hollandaise


Fish of the Day

Grilled fish fillet, three beans, lemon thyme ragout, cress pesto & tomato