Famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, Lake Matheson is 5 km from Fox Glacier and located on the west coast of the new Zealand’s South Island. The Lake is surrounded by ancient forest and has an easy and accessible 2.6 km walk around the lake and for this reason is one of the most popular walks on the west coast.
Lake Matheson was formed when Fox Glacier retreated about 14 000 years ago, a depression which was formed by the glacier filled with water and became the lake as we know it today.
The walking track around the lake has some outstanding viewing platforms which provide the classic mirror views of the mountains and forests down to the waters edge. The dark brown colour of the water, a result of forest organic matter leaching into the lake, provides the perfect water quality for the mirror reflections.
Its advisable to check the track conditions before you go with Department of Conservation (DOC) office at the Fox Glacier township before you go and take warm and waterproof clothing as the weather.
Main Image: Rob Suisted, New Zealand Tourism