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Lake Matheson, South Island
(4.2/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I visited here with the hope of getting some photos with the renowned reflections. Initially the lake had a breeze across the surface which didn't give me the reflections I was looking for but I did e...  more »
  • Though I personally consider lake pukaki to be the best lake in NZ, Matheson comes close not in terms of beauty but due to the spectacular reflections one can catch of the lake shoreline & background ...  more »
  • I don't get the attraction of this lake. It is a dirty puddle compared to lake Wanaka or lake hawea so maybe I am missing something. Has a walk around the lake which is ok and you haven't ever been on...  more »