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Lake Matheson Walk

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Address: Lake Matheson Road | Fox Glacier area, Westland Tai Poutini National Park, West Coast, New Zealand
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A lovely, gentle stroll.

What a lovely stroll through the native bush to Lake Matheson. It truly is a special place in Fox Glacier. I would recommend an tourist come here and take the iconic photo of Mt... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely stroll through the native bush to Lake Matheson. It truly is a special place in Fox Glacier. I would recommend an tourist come here and take the iconic photo of Mt Cook reflecting on the lake. Mint.

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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Hadnt seen pictures before we did the walk but was amazed at the wonderful reflections. Ended up going back the next day and doing the walk again just to stop and admire the reflections. It felt so peaceful

1 Thank Roscug
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had high hopes especially because of the high rated reviews about Lake Matheson but we did not find the location as good as the pictures published. Disappointed.

Thank Neelam K
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The walk itself is awesome when Its sunny and not too much wind. Then you get a beautiful reflection of the mountains in the water.

Thank Filip V
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was a lovely walk around the lake - however due to it being the middle of the day, and the weather overcast we were unable to witness the amazing reflections that the lake is known for. For a decent time would suggest doing the entire circuit and be prepared for a long walk (roughly four or so hours from memory)... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took our chance to do this walk in the late afternoon on a cloudy day and was handsomely rewarded with the spectacular view and crisp reflection of the snow capped southern alps! Other than visiting Fox Glacier this is a must do easy walk for anyone visiting Fox Glacier.

Thank HotEarth
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the lake is a bit of a walk from the car park and the walk around the lake is about 4.5km. we did this on an overcast day so the reflection of mount cook could not be seen the reflection of the surrounding forest was nice.

Thank sanjoy
Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lake Matheson is located just outside the small town of Fox Glacier. We were there at the end of March 2017, the weather was still pretty warm but the mornings were a bit on the cold side. We got out to the lake around 7:30am, had a quick breakfast at the cafe before walking around the lake to see what... More 

1 Thank John K
milton keynes
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a great couple of hours here, so quiet and peaceful, apart from some tourists who can't seem to keep quiet while taking endless selfies! Most of the time you can appreciate the peace and calmness that the forest and the lake inspire. The reflections are incredible, but there is so much more.

Thank donnyMiltonKeynes
Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most tourists get to the first lookout and then turn back but you will be well rewarded by doing the full circuit. Go anti clockwise to avoid the crowds at the start. On a clear day you can see Mt Cook reflected in the lake but on our overcast day we could only see clouds.

1 Thank DaleBbB

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