Lake Matheson Walk

Lake Matheson Walk

Lake Matheson Walk

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Susanne

Ranking: 10/10

Great walk around the lake, view is stunning!! The cafe next door serves good coffe. We did it on a rainy day and it was still one of the best walks!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Flatlanders

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Yes indeed, it actually is a very silent lake at the right time (early). Even cloudy it makes nice mirror-photo's. If it's cloudy ánd windy...skip it. Track itself is a regular bushwalk with lot's of birdlife. Best part: The Robins and Fantails. They are extremely curious so will come real close (on your shoe or on a long stick on your shoulder)...if you're patient.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

20Oct18. Weather dry and warm. A slight breeze so the lake was not mirror flat.
Good walk anyway and a cafe at the end.

Last time we were here it was mirror flat. The downside was it was the eye of the storm. We caught the end of a cyclone when we left!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Katrina

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Well maintained track, loop around lake can be done in either direction. We were lucky enough to be in the right places at the right times to catch reflections - worth the early morning wake-up call.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Tony Wilcomes

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Great view of Mt Cook and nice walk around the Lake. Need to get there early morning for clear reflection of the mountains.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Sally Caboche

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

May 2107 Walked in the late afternoon, so no problem with crowds. Again blown away by the fantastic condition of the DOC tracks. This a great short walk as you wind around the lake, regardless of whether you see the reflections, which will only be seen in the optimum conditions. If you see the famous reflections it is a bonus, but enjoy one of the best short walks through a beautiful rainforest environment catching views of Aoraki Mt Cook and Tasman. Loved this meandering walk with the sun glittering through the leaves ... one of my favourites.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in May 2017

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Jasmin Thuess

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice landscape, but very crowded in the peak season. Need to be there very early in the evening or late in the afternoon, otherwise, you cannot see reflections.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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John Farley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

In order to get the fabled reflection, it is necessary for the weather to be both cloudless and completely calm. A very rare occurrence in Fox. Otherwise, this is an easy, run of the mill rainforest stroll.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Allie Nertz

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful view of the reflective lake.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Katrina Sedl

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Loved the sunset, amazing view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Colin Fisher

United States

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best things I have ever seen. Pictures will last a lifetime and definitely would recommend to others. Easy walk as well.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Chris Schmolz

United States

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best views in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Jair

Portugal

Ranking: 10/10

Above our expectations. The gift shop and the cafe show how well New Zealand is invested here.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Dylan Smyth

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Heard great things about the sights there. Was slightly disappointed due to weather but the walk was great. Well maintained and signposted. DOC always over estimate times.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Jake Bullin

England

Ranking: 8/10

Loop walking taking one hour ish. Great little walk, worth it. Raining when we did it but if the water was calm, the 'mirrored' views I am sure would have been grand.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Mads Nielsen

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Nice lake and surroundings, a shame we were there on a cloudy day. Nice giftshop with local art.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Sigrid Duus

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful lake and views! Such a shame the sun was not shining the day we went. The shop there is quite cool with lots of art.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Rae Hoath

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Another beautiful day, 20 minute walk but sadly not a mirror lake today. Amenities great paths great. Loved the ancient native forest.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sofie Madson

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful walk! It is a nice mirror lake with great mountains in the background.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Helene Christensen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful walk! It is a nice mirror lake with great mountains in the background.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Phlippe

France

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful mirror lake and nice walk into the forest.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Mathilde

France

Ranking: 9/10

Easy walk into the forest to see the Matheson Lake which is a wonderful mirror lake. Very easy walk.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Jeff Barth

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

When the lake is calm, especially before 10am, this is a beautiful hike and has great views of Mt Cook and Fox Glacier.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Caleigh

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Loved this walk, especially before 10am when the lake is calm and the mountains are free of afternoon cloud.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Navina

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Should be done easily in the morning or in the evening - we could not see any mirror effects unfortunately.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Brenda Oomen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice walk, well organised path to walk. The wind was too hard to make a mirror picture.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Lucy Murray

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

This walk was a little bit off the beaten track but was a nice 1.5 hour loop walk through amazing wetlands and forest scenery. Cafe at the end!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alina Hummel

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Though you have to be really lucky to get the perfect sight of the mountains reflecting in the water like in a mirror it is a really nice walk through the forest.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Udo Wagner

Ranking: 5/10

We could not see a lot. Too many clouds around the mountains and too windy for reflection. We expected more. The walk through the forest around the lake is nice and easy.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Saw a bit of a reflection in the lake because we went in the afternoon. But if you want a nice mirror-like reflection, go before 10am.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Dianne van der Wal

Ranking: 7/10

Due to heavy rain (April), we were not able to see the reflection in the Lake. But area around the lake is nice.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Douglas Dean

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely reflective pool/lake highlights and reflects the mountains Cook and Tasman, after and before which you are greeted by a large scale cafe with internet and gift shop.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Nice short walk with great views on the alps, with a good place at the end to have a drink.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Guillemette

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice track (when no wind) to see the Mt Cook reflection. Not difficult or long.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sheila Galpin

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful walk around the lake for some superb views of Mount Cook and snow capped alps. Not to be missed!

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lionel

France

Ranking: 7/10

Good mirror view of Mt Cook. Easy to do.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Xavier

France

Ranking: 9/10

Easy loop in the forest around the lake. Expect plenty of tourists, but when the sun shines and the wind does not blow it is stunning. Be sure to come at around 9am.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Colin Billington

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Short walk only but excellent facilities.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Libby

Australia

Ranking: 6/10

A short walk.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Dave Mertzig

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Nice, but expensive, gift shop/cafe. Hike around the lake is well maintained and very beautiful.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Helen Dean

United States

Ranking: 10/10

So lovely you only know that your skills as a photographer are sadly incompetent to capture the beauty. You just have to return.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Paul Wallace

England

Ranking: 8/10

Well marked circular, 1 1/2 hour walk with good views of Fox Glacier. Go early for sunrise photos, cafe at the start and finish.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Marc Schnelanburger

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Short but well worthy walk, even on a rainy day. And if you are lucky you will see perfect views. Nice and good cafe at the car park.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Nicolas Trezeguet

France

Ranking: 10/10

On a calm evening, this is a must see, don't hesitate doing the full tour, all views are good and different.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Kim Maertens

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

1 hour plus, walk with good conditions. The perfect mirror lake.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Bjorn Van Mulders

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful track around the mirror lake.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Ron Stenhouse

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very enjoyable short walk around the lake, viewing the reflection of Mt Cook, easy path, good viewing points.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Sven Woelk

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic in the morning.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Lorna and Seb

England

Ranking: 8/10

A lovely walk through a forestry area with the lake in view down below us, a good place to pass 1 and a half hours.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Raquel

Spain

Ranking: 9/10

A 1/2 hour tour around the Matheson Lake. Very nice and astonishing if the weather is good.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Abby Rescr

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Healthy walk around the lake with pristine views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman. The nearby cafe is superb.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Chew (Peter)

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great easy walk with views.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Norman UK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great photography opportunity. Mountains reflected in the lake - especially good in early morning and late afternoon.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Signe Kaspersen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful nice walk - mountains were mirrored in the lake!! Good cafe and craft shop!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Evelyn Mackie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Worth it.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Dovis Heinemann

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Roy Barton

England

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful walk with a scenic view of the lake and alps (Mt Cook and Tasman). Good in poor weather (but no alp view), would be fantastic in sunshine!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Lucy Duffy

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely experience.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Kolen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Near Fox Glacier, good reflection in the lake.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Jessica Lane

England

Ranking: 6/10

Lovely lake and nice walk but does not live up to its reputation as the mirror lake! No reflection on a relatively clear day. Other lakes we have seen have give better reflections!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Beeny

England

Ranking: 7/10

A pleasant 1 to 1 and a half hour walk around the lake.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Karin

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Reflections.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Tim & Judith

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Do the whole 1.5 hour track. Beautiful, nice paths and surroundings.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mike1952

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Quite an easy walk through a magical lake and forest setting. Unfortunately it was misty and we didn't get great views of the mountains. Even so - a fabulous experience.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Mr & Mrs Mackie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Easy path, well maintained, view of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman are stunning.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Dorthe

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Just beautiful.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Les and Carole Savins

England

Ranking: 8/10

Very enjoable walk and well signposted.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Harry Simpson

England

Ranking: 9/10

Nice walk over good tracks and boards - great views.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Marc Edwards

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Grab the 'out-foxing' guide from the local family holiday park- they are good. Great food and coffee at the cafe there - a definite bonus.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in April 2011

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Peter Cade

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely walk, outstanding views, good cafe and facilities.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Mr & Mrs Palmer

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome track, easily accessible with stunning view of Lake Matheson.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Claire Colquhoun

England

Ranking: 5/10

Not a very good view of the lake, only at certain view points can you see it, mostly just a forest walk. Go early in the morning to get the best reflection of Mt Cook.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Pein van Nosrt

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nicely laid out track. Beautiful surroundings and plant life and great views of the mountains, (Cook).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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katjarege

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Walk before sunrise - mirrors Mt Cook on Lake, easy walk.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ini & Cees

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Not a dull walk across the borders of a lake only to see the nice views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, but a nice forest walk as well.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Julie Pasquignon

France

Ranking: 8/10

Gredat circular walk around 1 1/2 hours. Magnificent view of Mt Cook ifit is not raining, (Ive been told), easy walk.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Kristie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

The walk itself is fairly average but on a day when the reflection of the mountains in the lake is clear it is beautiful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in January 2011

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Helen Keighley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome on the right day. Great views of Mount Cook especially when the lake is calm.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Hvid

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic - jigsaw picture.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Teum and Orselien

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful and well kept.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rob

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Easy and good views.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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Mark Coffey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

great early or at sunset.

Tip turn right at the cross section gets you to be better viewing point quicker

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in December 2009

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Michael and Tanja Kreugel

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The forest around the lake was amazing. Duration ~2hrs. Reflections from Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in January 2010

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Kevin and Teresa

Ireland

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely views of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman reflected off the water in the lake. Do this nearing sunset to get the best effects.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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JonK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Easy walk around 'reflective' lake which is very pretty + relaxing. Only loses marks for being to windy to reflect the glacier when we were there!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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AndyEngland

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good length, well made track, great views. Very accessible.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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EricS

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

No costs, very beautiful nature.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Rissmann

Gibraltar

Ranking: 10/10

Well and lovingly prepared track!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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MundschanGermany

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

With a little more luck (clear skies) this walk provides looks to the glacier and Mt. Cook, but even on a foggy day the way around the lake is just great.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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CraigB

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful easy walk around a beautiful lake. Unfortunately the weather was dire!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Silvia Kern

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Great, do it early in the morning.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Bouwma

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

A 1.5 hour walk around the lake with a view of Mt Cook. Take your time for a nice walk and at the end a nice cup of coffee! Do the walk in the morning!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Primavesi

Austria

Ranking: 9/10

Lake Matheson - Nice evening walk around the Lake. Very good restaurant and the parking place.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Sally Hall

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Not very impressed, already been past many and much better walks.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Emily and Alex

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Get a non- windy clear evening and see Mt Tasman and Mt Cook perfectly relected in the gorgeous lake.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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nigelst

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great track when calm and you can see mountain reflections on lake. Easy walking track - our child Syd walked it in her PJs!

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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niekv

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Great on a clear day with a reflection of Mt Cook on the lake.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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sophiep

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Easy walk around the lake where normally there are amazing views on the mountains (when the clouds aren't to low!)

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Sarah Bridge

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Not too long - took us about 1hr 20min to go right around. Gorgeous reflection views - try to go when it is not cloudy.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Dave Ashun

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely track thru forest. Great views of lake - well maintained. Well worth taking time to do.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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linus

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Enjoyed it immensly.

Reviewed over 11 years ago