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“Delicious Fresh Salmon”

High Country Salmon
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Twizel
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: We are a working salmon farm growing our fish in the glacial fresh water of the Mackenzie High Country. Visit our floating shop and cafe to feed the salmon (free!) and enjoy the freshest sushi and sashimi or other tasty salmon items - chowder, burgers, grilled teriyaki, pies, quiche and more. Buy fresh and smoked salmon packed with ice to take away and enjoy later. We're easy to find on the main road 3km south of Twizel.
Reviewed 24 January 2014

Conveniently just on the highway before Twizel, a working salmon farm that lets you stop, feed the fish and buy some delicious fresh salmon. Lots to choose to buy, from whole salmon to sushi mi. Bargain prices and super yummy. Will definitely stop again when we are back in S.Island.

Thank Kris J
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

This Salmon Farm actually allows you to go into the farm to have a look at the salmon in the water. The water is quite reflective so it’s hard to spot the salmon in the water. However, feeding the fish will encourage them out to the surface to nibble at the food and we could see the fish at the surface. Sometimes if there are bunch of them, they will fight for the food resulting in lots of splashing about and causing us to be wet from the food fight. The food comes in small containers placed at the entrance of the farm and is free but a donation box is there for you to contribute to the food cost.

Fresh sashimi is also available for purchase at the front counter. Ever so often, staff will come out from the preparation room with boxes of sashimi and placed in a large container fridge. Fresh salmon fillets are also available for purchase in a separate container fridge. I couldn’t resist both and bought both the sashimi for immediate consumption and the salmon fillets back to the apartment to cook for dinner. I would personally have preferred to witness the fish being taken out of the water and prepared in front of me so that we know it’s fresh but they don’t do it here.

This place was slightly more pricey than the other shop we went before this but I didn’t mind paying for fresh quality sashimi. I would rather not risk a stomach upset in the middle of my holiday than to pay cheap and suffer the consequences.

The only downside for me is that there are no beverages being sold. A cup of warm green tea would go down very well with the sashimi. Overall 4 stars for this visit.

Thank greasystains
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Reviewed 27 December 2013 via mobile

Small stop over where you can feed the salmons for free and buy fresh or smoked salmon. We got the salmon fillet which cost about $30 for one half and the sashimi which was another $20. We are not big eaters and that filled 4 of us nicely with some green that we bought in Twizel.
Big downside is that there are no washrooms available here. As we started our journey from Arrowtown without a bathroom stop, that was difficult for the older folks and kids. Another consideration for improvement is also selling simple marinades to go with the salmon.

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Reviewed 23 December 2013

I was here 6 years ago and decided to come back because of the fantastic salmon sashimi...

u can feed the salmon for free and there is free wifi... its just on the way from lake tekapo to queenstown

Thank Esjay_Brunei
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Reviewed 7 December 2013

We were driving on the way to Oamaru and found this salmon farm. We stopped here to purchase some fresh salmon and smoked salmon. you can feed the salmons for free and to our surprise, there was free wifi. We asked permission to use and a password was given to us. There's benches in the farm to eat the fresh sashimi we bought. The salmon prices are not too far off from mount cook alpine salmon farm. For the same price, this farm gives bigger portion but you can see that some salmon packed dates were a few days old. Its worth the visit and purchase nevertheless.

Thank lpypeiying
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