Lake Gault Viewpoint

Point of Interest

5 from 1 user.


Lake Matheson, Cook Flat Road, South Island.


A gradual climb on a historical tramping track through ancient podocarp forest provides panoramic views of Aoraki /Mount Cook. If youre lucky, you can enjoy the mountain landscape reflected in Lake Gault. 8 km return return via same track. 3-5 hr return. Expect mud, wet feet, and steep, rough and uneven terrain. Carry drinking water, food, insect repellent, sun protection and warm, waterproof clothing at all times. Tramping boots are advisable. Toilets are located at the Lake Matheson car park. This track is not recommended in heavy rain.

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Lat: -43.428694 Lng: 169.981363

User Reviews



Well maintained track, it's uphill but not particularly strenuous, kinda boring to be honest! The lake is quite pretty though. There and back took us 2hrs. We only did this because we had nothing better to do, wouldn't go out of your way for this one.


@WildLovelyWorld - Travel Blog

The whole track has been graded with stone and gravel. It's steep-ish uphill walk for 1 hour and then a 20 minute descent to the lovely serene lake Gault.



Dry feet all along the way, lovely forest, and a beautiful view over the lake as reward. I can only recommend it!


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