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 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 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, cinnamon 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
Coconut yoghurt, balsamic blackberries  
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  
Bacon Benedict 19.50
Streaky Bacon, pesto, 2 poached egg, hollandaise  
Salmon Bagel Benedict 19.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise  
Spinach & Smoked Brie Omelette 18.50
3 egg omelette, spinach, mushroom, smoke brie  
Matheson Breakfast 21.00
Bacon, bratwurst sausage, field mushroom, tomato, potato rosti, 2 poached eggs on toast, hollandaise  



Served 11:30am – 3:00pm

Soup of the day
 with crusty bread  
Pumpkin Macadamia Salad
Pumpkin, toasted macadamia, mesculin, sprouts, smoked brie  
Mediterranean Spiced Goat Roti
Pulled goat shoulder, crunchy sprouts, rocket, pickled beetroot, tzatziki  
Seafood Risotto
Shrimps, mussels, squid & garlic risotto, rocket, green caper aioli  
Raw Salmon Salad 21.00
Salmon, glass noodles, quinoa, rocket, sprouts, chilli dressing  
Grilled Chicken 20.00
Spiced grilled chicken thigh, asian slaw, rice, stay sauce  
Lamb Salad
Lamb leg fillet (m), spinach & couscous salad, marinated blueberries, pickled cucumber, tzatziki, mustard, beetroot  
Salmon Bagel Benedict          19.00
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise  
 Merino Lamb Burger           21.50
 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 10.50



Served 5.30pm – Late

Garlic Bread, Baguette grilled with garlic butter 8.50
Soup, Homemade soup served with freshly baked bread 13.50
Pumpkin Macadamia Salad, Pumpkin, toasted macadamia, mesculin, sprouts, smoked brie
Salmon Tartar, Chilli rice wine dressing, sesame lavosh 19.00 
Pate, Pate of the day, toasted ciabatta 17.00
Goat Gnocchi, Pulled goat shoulder, potato gnocchi, spinach, game jus, parmesan 19.00







Merino Lamb Leg

Merino leg (M), roasted vegetables, pea puree, rosemary oil port wine jus


Pork Belly

White bean puree, rockette, pickled lemon, chilli soy caramel glaze


Aged Beef Ribeye

Grilled Ribeye, baked baby carrots, broccolini, salsa verde



Cauliflower truffle puree, braised cabbage & bacon, cress pesto


Fish of the Day

Grilled fish fillet, steamed greens, lemon polenta, miso hollandaise


Beef Short Rib

Mushroom turmeric risotto, baby spinach, whisky maple glaze


Halloumi Salad

Grilled halloumi, salad greens, cured egg yolk, mango cherry dressing, raspberry


Beef Ramen 

Shaved beef fillet, ramen noodles, spicy broth, sweet potato