Salmon Farms in the Twizel region: "The World's Highest Salmon Farm" Top 5 Page for this destination Mount Cook National Park Restaurant Tip by Kakapo2
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This tip is not about a restaurant in the common sense, and it is not just a shop... The high-country salmon farms deliver the freshest and most fantastic salmon you can imagine. If you stay at a motel or have other good cooking facilities, buy a fillet or a whole fish and prepare it yourself. Or just have some fresh or smoked fish or sashimi directly at the farms that are situated in the Lake Tekapo/Lake Pukaki/Twizel area.
There the salmon farmers have the most pristine waters in NZ, and they do not harm the environment in any way. But they are nervous that upcoming water schemes and irrigated dairy farms - a potential killer of lakes and rivers in NZ - could not only spoil the magic landscape of the Mackenzie Country but also harm the quality of the fish and thus their businesses.
Between Lake Tekapo and Mt. Cook, right on the hydro canals which are fed directly from mountain lakes, is Mt. Cook Salmon, the world's highest salmon farm, at an altitude of 677 metres. It is signposted on SH8 (left turn if you come from Twizel, right turn from Lake Tekapo). Not only the salmon is fantastic but also the views of Mt. Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Pukaki. The farm has a large parking area and toilets. You can have a self-guided tour of the farm and also feed the fish.
I can recommend the detour even if you do not want to buy salmon. The road leads through the hinterland to Lake Pukaki where you can take a left turn back to SH8. (See photos in my Off the Beaten Path tip about the trip on the Bullock Wagon Trail.)
Another farm, named High Country Salmon, is directly on SH8, 3kms south of Twizel. It is is also a good place to have a look at the fish, feed or... eat it. Like on the other farm you can buy whole fresh fish, fillets or smoked salmon, and also get sashimi.
Favorite Dish: A whole fish prepared in the motel.
If you want to do this be sure to have salt, pepper and some fresh herbs, as well as butter or oil, white wine or milk, or however you want to prepare it. And a sharp knife!
The safest option is to buy fillets... ;-)
Address: Twizel / Lake Tekapo / Lake Pukaki
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Mt. Cook Salmon: between Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo, clearly signposted on SH8.
High Country Salmon: directly on SH8, 3kms south of Twizel.
othercontact: (021) 400 385 (High Country S.)
Phone: (03) 4350 085
Price: less than US$10