Lake Matheson

Point of Interest

4.1 from 7 users.


Lake Matheson Walkway, Fox Glacier, South Island.

(03) 752 0360


A gentle walk leads to views of the mountains reflected on the still waters of Lake Matheson. Lake Matheson is nestled in ancient forest and is famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Its excellent reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water the result of organic matter leached from the humus of the forest floor. Dawn and dusk are the best times to enjoy the reflections in the lake. Car park to Jetty Viewpoint Time: 40 min return car park to jetty Distance: 1 km return car park to jetty Lake circuit Time: 1 hr 30 min return Distance: 2.6 km loop No dogs. No camping or overnight parking allowed.

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Lat: -43.447317 Lng: 169.969678

User Reviews



Went for sunrise and the lake was like a mirror, reflection island is definitely the best viewpoint. Walk anticlockwise to reach the viewpoint faster.


viviand bastien

Nice walk around lake with nice view and mt cook reflecting.



Lovely lookout to Mt. Cook. Come in the evening and you will find a nice sunset with wonderfull light.


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