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 & Pizza
  • Dinner


Served 8am – 11:30am

Toasted Vienna & German Rye 9.50
Selection of spreads
Toasted Bagel  9.50
Cream cheese, raspberry jam
Deluxe Toasted Bagel 14.50

Pesto, parma ham, sliced tomato, cream cheese


Smoked salmon & cream cheese spread, capers, watercress pesto

Manuka Honey Toasted Muesli 13.50
Natural yoghurt, rhubarb 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
Pork & fennel sausage, grilled mushroom, 2 fried eggs on toast
Potato & Mustard Rosti 18.50
Streaky bacon, tomato, poached egg, smoked paprika hollandaise
Salmon Bagel Benedict 19.50
Smoked salmon, pesto, 2 poached eggs, hollandaise
Spinach & Fetta Omelette 18.50
3 egg omelette, spinach, feta, toasted rye bread
Matheson Breakfast 21.00
Bacon, pork & fennel sausage, field mushroom, tomato, potato rosti, 2 poached eggs on toast, hollandaise



Served 11:30am – 3:00pm

Soup of the day with crusty bread   13.50
Grilled Prawn Vietnamese salad
Prawns, lettuce mix, mango, sprouts, herbs, lime chilli dressing  
Merino Lamb Sandwich
Slow cooked lamb, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, aioli, chimichurri, rye  
Salmon & Seafood Risotto 20.00
Shrimps, mussels, squid & garlic risotto, salmon ceviche, cress pesto  
Goat Curry  19.00
Spicy goat curry, black beans, grilled courgette, basmati rice  
Potato Gnocchi
Garden salad, watercress pesto  
Pork Fillet Linguini 19.50
Mushroom, spinach, parmesan  
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
Pate, Chicken liver & port, peach & mango chutney, toasted rye 15.00
Whitebait Salad, crispy fried, rocket, pickled cucumber, cress oil fried shallots 18.00



Served 5.30pm – Late

Small 16.00 / Large 24.00

Smoked Salmon, spinach, lemon cream cheese, capers, red onion

Beef, mushroom, blue cheese, black pepper aioli


Merino Lamb Spare Ribs
Braised brussels sprouts & baby turnips, sticky port wine sauce
Pork Belly
12hr pork belly, pumpkin puree, fennel,turnip, caramelized apple
Ribeye steak, potato gnocchi, spinach, black pudding, red wine jus
Crispy skin salmon, ramen noodles, lemon grass broth, steamed vegetables, chili lime glaze



Blueberry & Chocolate Mud Pie 13.50
Chai Pana Cotta, Balsamic Blackberries 13.50
Orange Passionfruit Baked Cheesecake, Orange Ginger Sauce 13.50