Lake Matheson Cafe

Open 7 days from 8am, 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 famous gourmet pizzas changing to suit seasonal ingredients. The cabinets are always full of delicious pleasures, including deli style sandwiches, cakes, savouries and salads.

Dinner at Matheson Cafe
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 8am until late – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
1 Apr – 31 Oct 8am – 3pm – Breakfast & Lunch

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Starters
  • Dinner


Served 8am – 11:30am

Toasted Fruit Bread
Banana jam, butter, toasted coconut  
Toasted Bagel  9.50
Cream cheese, raspberry jam  
Deluxe Toasted Bagel 14.50
Smoked salmon, caper & cream cheese spread, pickled cucumber, watercress pesto  
Manuka Honey Toasted Muesli 13.50
Natural yoghurt, blueberry compote  
Big Bacon, Hash Brown & Egg Butty 15.50
Bacon, hash brown, fried egg, thick buttered bread, tomato chutney on the side  
Backpackers Breakfast  16.50
Bratwurst sausages, grilled mushroom, 2 fried eggs on toast  
Zucchini & Sweet Corn Fritters
Grilled mushroom, spinach, poached egg, watercress pesto  
Salmon Bagel Benedict 19.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise  
Spinach & Smoked Brie Omelette 18.50
3 egg omelette, spinach, smoked brie, toasted rye bread  
Matheson Breakfast 21.00
Bacon, bratwurst sausage, field mushroom, tomato, zucchini fritter, 2 poached eggs on toast, hollandaise  


Served 11:30am – 3:00pm

Soup of the day
 with crusty bread  
Grilled Prawn Vietnamese salad
Prawns, lettuce mix, mango, sprouts, herbs, lime chilli dressing  
Pumpkin Macadamia Salad
Pumpkin, toasted macadamia, mesculin, sprouts, smoked brie  
Mediterranean Spiced Goat Roti
Pulled goat shoulder, crunchy sprouts, rocket, pickled beetroot, tzatziki  
Sweet Clam Risotto
Clam risotto, grilled whole clams, rocket, green caper aioli  
Venison Boerewors
Venison boerewors sausage, micro salad, cherry tomato, beetroot relish, seeded mustard  
Potato Gnocchi
Pumpkin, spinach, roast tomato sauce, parmesan  
Lamb Salad
Lamb leg fillet (m), spinach & couscous salad, marinated blueberries, pickled cucumber, tzatziki, mustard, beetroot  
Salmon Bagel Benedict 19.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise  
 Merino Lamb Burger 21.00
 Herbed lamb pattie, salad greens, mint and apple chutney on a toasted bun with fries  

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

Spicy wedges with chili sour cream 9.50
Chunky fries with garlic aioli 8.50
Side salad with tomato, cucumber, bell peppers & vinaigrette 8.50


Served 5.30pm – Late

Garlic Bread, Baguette grilled with garlic butter 8.50
Soup, Homemade soup served with freshly baked bread 13.50
Lamb Loin Salad, Couscous, rocket, mustard, pickled beetroot, tzatziki 19.50
Whitebait Salad, Crispy fried, rocket, pickled cucumber, cress oil fried shallots 18.00
 Potato Gnocchi, Pumpkin, spinach, roast tomato sauce, parmesan 17.00




Merino Lamb Leg
Merino leg (M), grilled asparagus, potato, pea & herb mash
Pork Belly
Sous vide pork belly, fennel, turnip, asian slaw, chilli soy caramel glaze
Beef Ribeye
Ribeye steak, balsamic red wine risotto, spinach
Seared Salmon, rocket, clam risotto, cress pesto
Grouper Fillet
Grilled grouper fillet, steamed greens, lemon herb oil, lemon polenta
Potato Gnocchi
Pumpkin, spinach, roast tomato sauce, parmesan



Chai Cheesecake
Salted Maple & Walnut panna cotta
Triple chocolate brownie ice cream