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 Bagel 9.50
Cream cheese, raspberry jam
Poached Eggs
Two poached eggs, toasted sourdough, watercress pesto
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
Smashed Pumpkin & Sourdough 15.50
Smashed pumpkin, spinach, poached egg, grilled mushroom, dukkah, sourdough
Bacon Benedict  19.50
Streaky Bacon, pesto, 2 poached egg, hollandaise
Salmon Bagel Benedict 19.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise
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
Seafood Chowder  19.50
Shrimps, mussels, fish, calamari with toasted sourdough
Warm Lamb Salad  20.00
Baked winter vegetables, spinach, mesculin, sprouts, grilled lamb leg, minted youghurt
Smashed Pumpkin & Sourdough  17.50
Smashed pumpkin, spinach, poached egg, grillked mushroom, dukkah, sourdough
Beef Ramen
Beef filet, crunchy vegetables, ramen noodles, spiced broth
Grilled Chicken 20.00
Spiced grilled chicken thigh, asian slaw, rice, stay sauce
Beef Bagel
Beef ribeye (grilled), toasted bagel, lettuce, tomato, mustard mayo, balsamic onions
 Bagel Benedict  19.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise
Streaky bacon, 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 17.50
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



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