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Lake Matheson

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Address: Lake Matheson Rd, Fox Glacier | should be located in Fox Glacier region, 7859, New Zealand
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This lake is famous for its reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

This lake is famous for its reflections of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

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Beautiful reflections!!!! if cloudy the walk around the lake is worth it

If you get a clear day the mountain reflections are the most beautiful you have ever seen. if it's cloudy the walk around the lake is very scenic. There is a nice cafe at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Portland, Maine
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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you get a clear day the mountain reflections are the most beautiful you have ever seen. if it's cloudy the walk around the lake is very scenic. There is a nice cafe at the entrance to grab a drink or food before heading out for the next scenic attraction

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a really stunning walk around the lake. Do the whole circuit to get the most from it. We weren't blessed with good weather for our walk but it was still beautiful.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great and easy walk around the lake that takes about an hour. Timing is the key thing - once a slightest wind gets up the ripples on the lake mean there is. I reflection if the trees and mountains. Best to go early or late. We got there at 10 am and we were lucky to get some 'reflection'... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I arrived at about 1pm, cafe was moderately busy but is large with a good variety of different sized tables. I sat by the window on a bar stool. Unfortunately, the cloud and come in and when I walked around the lake realised that the gentle breeze would create rippled on the lake,and so it proved to be. However, the... More 

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Berikon, Aargau, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we had heavy rain on our first day. But the morning we left it was much better and we had a marvellous mirror in front of us.

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Rosenheim, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss out on Lake Matheson when in New Zealand. It's absolute stunning! We were lucky as we had a beautiful sunny day to do the walk and take pictures. <3

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Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is around 20 kms. away from Franz Joseph. But worth a visit. From the parking lot it takes appx. 1.5 hrs to go and return. The track is well maintained. The rainforest is beautiful, quite and scenic. As we had gone late morning and with a gentle breeze blowing we were not able to see the reflection. But the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The round trip takes about 1 1/2 hours with stops but could be extended with longer stops at various points. The track is well looked after with some stairs at various places so small children would need to be in a backpack not a stroller. The rainforest is quiet and beautiful with active bird life. The lake is wonderful from... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Few kilometers north of the glacier terminus is another popular hike walking around the perimeter of Lake Matheson. The lake was more like a backyard pond compared to Lake Wanaka or Lake Te Anau. The hike was pleasant enough though with lot of moss covered forestry areas. The “reflection” spots were pretty disappointing as the misty and windy weather didn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went right before sundown and the view was amazing. You have to be very patient and hold on until the sun hits the right spot and the wind dies down to get that beautiful reflection off of the water. Worth the drive and hike.

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