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Lake Matheson Walkway

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
88% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 356' 109 m
Descent: -334' -102 m
High: 428' 131 m
Low: 295' 90 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

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A short comfortable trail with great views of Mount Cook.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Good flat trails and boardwalks.

Description

The hills and trees rise high around Lake Matheson and shelter the lake from the typical winds. The lack of wind along with the nature of the dark, tannin-rich waters allows for a great reflective surface and beautiful photographs. The viewpoint is only a half mile into the trail and most turn back there, but you shouldn't miss this peak at the coastal rain forest. Circumnavigate the lake through the forest and then turn back toward the visitor center.

Flora & Fauna

The coniferous large specimens of the kahikatea and rimu trees and giant fern species. You may also spot the New Zealand pigeon and more birds as well.

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Photos

Lake Matheson, the Mirror Lake, is spectacular from the trail.
Apr 19, 2017 near Mount C…, NZ
Double view of Mount Cook.
Apr 9, 2017 near Mount C…, NZ
a different color from sunset on the lake
Sep 19, 2018 near Mount C…, NZ
The sun sets over the beginning of the trail on the swing bridge.
Apr 19, 2017 near Mount C…, NZ
Boardwalk at Lake Matheson.
Apr 10, 2017 near Mount C…, NZ

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