Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop

Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop, Twizel: Hours, Address, Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop Reviews: 4.5/5

Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop

Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon Shop
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Located on the edge of Mt Cook National Park our shop is stocked with Freshwater King Salmon -raised in the cool glacial water of New Zealand's Southern Alps. We have a great selection of sashimi, fillets, whole salmon and smoked salmon for you to enjoy, as well as a picnic area with the world famous view of Lake Pukaki and Mt Cook. Visit our shop for: - Sashimi - Fillets and whole Salmon - Smoked Salmon - Picnic Area with view of Mt Cook. Currently open 7 days a week from 10am-5pm
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greasystains
Singapore, Singapore491 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
This place is situated at the Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre. It’s difficult to miss when you drive along the road as there will be very clear signs pointing you towards the visitor centre. There is a big large car park space to park your car. This place is also a very popular stopover for tour buses for toilet breaks.

From the visitor centre you can see the lake and the breath-taking views it has to offer. We initially went to the farm a few kilometres away but they didn’t sell any salmon there and were told to go to the shop at Lake Pukaki Visitor Centre.

The salmon here is freshly prepared and displayed in the display fridge at the counter. My other half and I are sashimi fans but were sceptical about the quality so we went for a decent NZD20 box of sashimi. With a little wasabi and soy sauce, the sashimi was soft in the mouth and went down the stomach very well. We went to the benches outside the shop to soak in the view while savouring our fish. Something I would certainly recommend to all sashimi lovers to try. A combination of quality fresh food, stunning scenery and good company is a recipe for a holiday.

The only downside for me is that there was no café for us to properly sit down if we didn’t want to get out in the open when the wind got too strong for comfort. 4 stars overall for this attraction.
Written January 14, 2014
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Mei Xuan C
Klang, Malaysia90 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
A friend recommended this place when I was planning a trip to Mount Cook NP. Definitely worth the stop. We bought a box of 500g fresh king salmon sashimi and made sandwiches at one of the picnic tables available outside the shop. It was probably one of the best and freshest I've ever tasted. Plus enjoying it with the view of Lake Pukaki & the Southern Alps in view? Perfect.
Written December 24, 2016
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Homerbalboa
Singapore, Singapore55 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Came here after trying some high country salmon. Definitely would recommend this place over that . The salmon was cut well, and it was fresh. At $10 for 100gm for restaurant grade sashimi, fantastic views of the beautiful lake pukaki, and at a location that would be impossible to miss if you're travelling from tekapo-mount cook-twizel , there's no reason not to stop
Written August 28, 2014
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Xi Xi W
4 contributions
Jan 2015
Salmon we bought was not fresh at all. It was expensive at $36 for a salmon. The meat was falling apart and falling off the bone. It had a strange stench that was not fresh fish AT ALL. When cooked, the meat produced a white, creamy, milky discharge.
Written January 17, 2015
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Hi Xi Xi W We received your complaint about poor quality salmon by email and quickly rectified the situation by supplying a full refund, and sending a replacement salmon to Christchurch. Unfortunately with a natural product, sometimes we don't now how the fish is on the inside until it is cut open. We hope you were satisfied with this outcome. Many thanks Emma
Written June 1, 2015
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Sirani M
Melbourne, Australia103 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
Despite the beautiful location of Lake Pukake before Mt Cook, this is the worst experience so far having a really unfriendly older lady selling the salmon and only having a choice of 10g or 30g of sashimi. The fish are not well cut. They were hard to eat and had too much in the mouth without a good tasty feeling. I mean, which farm does your fish come from? You also have a lmited stock of things. Have a choice between sashimi and sushi salmon. Honestly look how Japanese finely cut theirs and make it delicious.
Written January 22, 2015
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GloriaLim
Singapore, Singapore69 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
We stopped by another salmon farm on our way to here and paid 40bucks for a large plate of sashimin but here we are shocked by the price. We also didnt see much salmon except those cut-up compared to the feeding my kids could do. The view outside was great but the toilet and smell spoiled it for us. We didnt managed to last 10mins.
Written June 26, 2018
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Hi Gloria, Thanks for your feedback. We promote our shop as a wonderful place to enjoy a very premium Freshwater King Salmon, with a view across lake Pukaki to Mt Cook. Our farms are nearby, but yes not at the shop. Very sorry the toilets weren't as they should be, this is a public facility which we don't manage - but we'll be sure to request they get seen to.
Written June 27, 2018
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DDCKP
Singapore, Singapore39 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We visited both this shop and the other salmon shop (High Country Salmon). Didn't buy the salmon here, bought it at the other shop. Just some comparison:
1. Shopkeeper here is unfriendly, shopkeeper at the other shop is friendly
2. Salmon sashimi here is $10 for 100g and $35 for 500g. Salmon fillet is $38 per kg. At the other shop, salmon sashimi is $10 for 120g, $20 for $250g, $30 for 400g. Salmon fillet is $32 per kg.
3. Salmon sashimi here looks fresher and more beautiful (but we didn't try it). Salmon sashimi at the other shop is not as fresh.
4. There is limited items for sale here, just salmon sashimi, salmon fillet, and salmon maki. There are many more food for sale at the other shop, in addition to salmon sashimi, salmon fillet, and salmon maki, there are also coffee, cookies, and other cooked food.
5. This is just a small shop (I didn't know about the farm across the road like other travellers mention). The other shop has its salmon farm attached to the cafe, and allow free salmon feeding.
Written October 27, 2017
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AuroraAlaska
Denali National Park and Preserve, AK207 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Here is a review I never imagined writing. I live in Alaska, home to the last great wild salmon run in the world. I am generally deeply opposed to farmed salmon for more than one good reason. This is quite a different operation and left me impressed. The result is a sashimi with superb flavor and texture; simply outstanding.
Written April 17, 2019
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Fadzillah A
Singapore, Singapore1,000 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Ask anyone in the street and at least 70% of them will equate fresh with good tasting food. This is untrue. Tasty food is tasty. Fresh food can make a food tastier but not necessary all the time.

The salmon here is no doubt fresh. But the texture of it does not make it a good sashimi. Simply slicing fresh fish is not the way to make sashimi. If you don't believe me, read the reviews. The salmon is not tasty at all. Those who claimed they are nice must be equating fresh = tasty.

Sashimis are tasty in Japan, not becoz it is fresh, but because there is a preparation technique to it. Japan's seafood is not room temperature when they get off the boat, they are all flash frozen at -20 degrees celcius, reach the market to be auctioned, brought to the shops, then the sashimi preparation begin.

Verdict: Fresh? yes! 100%. Tasty? No!
Written January 3, 2019
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APM11-11
Hamilton, New Zealand53 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This little shop has to be a must stop. The scenery looking over Lake Pukaki and up to Mt Aoraki is simply stunning on a fine day. Great whakapapa about the plave. Information regarding A2O bike trail plentiful. Bought the spiced pear jelly and salmon pate here after been recommended it by the lovely lady at the service counter. Its simply divine! Great spot to stop. Highly reccommended on a sunny day.
Written October 24, 2018
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