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by Smitha Guru
March 31, 2005
From journal The West Coast, NZ - Glaciers, Ferns and Rain
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
July 2, 2001
The walk around the lake is easy and takes around 1.5 hours. In ideal conditions the reflections of the mountains are magnificent (I’ve seen the pictures) but when we visited the cloud was low and the wind had disturbed the lake surface so that reflections were minimal. Under these circumstances it lost much of its special appeal.
The walk, through forest around the lakeshore, is pleasant even without the reflections but then so are walks around numerous New Zealand lakes. If you have a vehicle, take the chance and go to the lake. If you plan to walk from town, check the weather first then decide if it is worthwhile. There are other walks, such as the Chalet Lookout Walk or the Glowworm Walk that might be better value in poor weather conditions.
The best time to walk around Lake Matheson is early morning or late afternoon. There is a café near the start of the walk which is supposed to sell, "sandwiches, pies, coffee… the lot", but it was closed when we visited.
From journal West Coast Magic