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Lake Matheson, South Island
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Enjoy a gentle walk around Lake Matheson, famous for its mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Experience the reflections from a specially constructed jetty, reached by a short walk leading past tall kahikatea and rimu trees. Keep an eye out for native birds, water fowl, and otters. The best time to experience the reflection effect is at dawn and dusk, when the water is at its calmest. Use our Fox Glacier itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Lake Matheson and other attractions in Fox Glacier.
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  • The trail around Lake Matheson provides a nice walk with views of the Southern Alps. On any day, you can admire the lush forest that surrounds the lake and the various native species of plants. To get...  more »
  • This is by far one of the greatest, most beautiful places I've seen in New Zealand. Lake Mathewson and the 4.5km walk around the lake is stunningly beautiful. If it is clear, you an see the mountains ...  more »
  • Lovely and easy forest walk upto the jetty viewpoint. 45 mins return to Matheson cafe car park. We happened to be there on a cloudy day so the views of surrounding snow covered mountains weren't great...  more »