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Lake Matheson is nestled in ancient forest and is famous for mirror views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Its excellent reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water – the result of organic matter leached from the humus of the forest floor. Dawn and dusk are the best times to enjoy the reflections in the lake.

Shorter option: Car park to Jetty Viewpoint

Time: 45 min return car park to jetty
Distance: 2.4 km return car park to jetty

Longer option: Lake circuit

Time: 1 hr 30 min return 
Distance: 4.4 km return

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