Lake Matheson Loop Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Whataroa, West Coast, New Zealand that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length2.4 miElevation gain390 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Pretty walk around the lake. When the water is really still everything is reflected beautifully. The trail is busy. Must do if you're in the area. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/westland-tai-poutini-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/lake-matheson-walk/

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Hananeel Escobia
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a good walk together with your family my 4 year old son really enjoys it.

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Dor Hirsch
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sort and nice.

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Emily Woolford
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Maartje Okma
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Rob Dinsdale
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Nice walk around the lake. Reals needs to be done on a cloudless still day to be exceptional.

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Katelyn Vanruiten
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Beautiful views of the alps with the reflective Matheson Lake. Very well paved and easy. Only took about 1 hour to do the hike.

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marie Quittelier
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Emma Gobes
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Amazing views and easy trail. Altough the walk itself doesn't take 1 5 hour, with all the stops for taking pictures it will!!

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Diana Hu
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Easy walk with well maintained track. Beautiful and fresh.

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Haylee Caravalho
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Easy and beautiful! If you can, go on a clear, sunny day and you'll be able to see gorgeous mirror reflections. I imagine it get quite crowded though, so maybe go early or later. You'll also find mirror-like views at Peters Pool in Franz Joseph!

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julie pinson
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Nice trail, bit cloudy but still nice :)

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Hauke Knutzen
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Nice Trail but clouds this time

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Max Voß
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Amanda Sigafoos
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Gorgeous, even in a light rain.

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Marielle Le Goff
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Une petite boucle sympa, facile à faire avec les enfants. Fréquentée mais agréable

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Karin Vind
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Right now not possible to walk the loop. Not always reflective on the lake but pretty views anyway.

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Holly Tretten
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Headed out around 7:30am and the trail was not crowded. Saw great mirrored reflections, but by the time we were leaving some clouds were moving in. We ate a snack later in the day at the cafe and then the trail was much more crowded. So go early!

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Bea vdH
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Easy forest walk - great for families. No elevation gain. Went in the afternoon on a cloudy day, so no reflections, but it was still a nice loop.

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Griffin Gettas
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Decent walk but you need clear skies and no wind for the Mt. Cook reflection in the lake. We had neither.

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Faye Lougher
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Great views of the lake and its mirror reflection. Mostly an easy walk but there are some steps to climb to lookout points. The so-called view of views needs a trim as the foliage obscures part of the reflection. Amazing views from reflection island. Great gift shop at the end by the car park too!

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Rebecca Reed
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Pleasant walk through the trees. Views not particularly exciting when it’s cloudy. Nice cafe and shop at the start.

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Leroy Baldwin
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Nice easy walk for all ages and skill levels. Pretty views of the lake and mountains while walking around the lake perimeter under the cover of the canopy.

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Ben T Forkx
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pretty lake trail

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Julia P.
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Lovely short walk on a calm day, great bird wildlife seen around the lake like friendly silvereyes and purple swamphens. Liked the info signs about the trees too! Kiwis keep their tracks so well maintained, it’s incredible!

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Aaron Brown
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The lake is nice but the walk is crowded and nothing special. If you go in the morning then just before you get to the lake there's a great view of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, I saw the sun glimmering through the crowds and it was incredible.

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Trevor Cheitlin
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The trail is fairly crowded and nothing particularly special, but the reflections off the lake are crystal clear and make for great photos.

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Talia Rowland
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lin mobile
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lin mobile
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仁萱 廖
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