Suitable for Ages: Families

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  • Admission: Free

Lake Matheson is located near the Fox Glacier township on the West coast of the South Island. It is famous for its near-perfect reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.

Lake Matheson was formed about 14,000 years ago when the Fox Glacier retreated from its last major advance and left a depression which filled with Water. The lake is a dark brown colour, caused by organic matter from the forest floor.

The lake is surrounded by native kahikatea (white pine) and rimu (red pine) trees, as well as flax and a variety of New Zealand fern species. The lake contains long finned eel as well as being home to many water birds. It was a traditional food gathering place for local Māori people.

There is a popular, easy walk through ancient forest to the lake which is suitable for wheelchairs as far as the Jetty Viewpoint.

Lake Matheson is located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Image credit: Mark Oude Alink.

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Map showing Lake Matheson