2.6 km (loop)
Dawn and dusk are the best viewing times as the lake is generally calm.
Wander through ancient forest and gaze on mirror-like reflections of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki/Mount Cook on this easy Lake Matheson hike.
Follow the track over the Clearwater suspension bridge, pass tall kahikatea and rimu to the jetty viewpoint. Here you will be greeted by magnificent mountain views reflected in the dark waters.
Lake Matheson is famous for its stunning mirror-like reflections, which are the result of leaf matter leaching into the water and turning it a dark brown colour.
As you leave the jetty and begin to circle the lake, you will come across numerous reflections shrouded in native foliage. Stop at the top end of the lake, and again at Reflection Island, to catch some of the most spectacular views.
Along the way, look out for eels. The long-finned eel is the most common species here and can sometimes be spotted breaking the tranquil surface of the lake.
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