High Country Salmon

High Country Salmon, Twizel: Hours, Address, High Country Salmon Reviews: 4/5

High Country Salmon
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Drop in for a rest stop on your travels and look over a working salmon farm on the glacial waters of the Mackenzie High Country -and its free to drop in and feed our beautiful salmon. Try our farm fresh sashimi and a whole range of delicious salmon cafe items at our floating shop. Or buy a fresh fish or smoked salmon packed on ice to take home and prepare yourself. We're a family run business focussed on growing the best freshwater king salmon and getting it to you fresh. Our floating cafe menu also includes sushi, chowder, curry, burgers, smoked salmon platter, grilled teriyaki salmon, hot pies, quiche, salmon eggs benedict, sandwiches, miso noodle soup and more! We look forward to seeing you. We're easy to find on the main road 3km south of Twizel.
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Graeme Kennedy
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I booked online for my two grandkids to do “ Catch a fish “.
Hunter aged 6 first to go, and after a few minutes managed to catch a monster ( 6.4 kilo ) then Eva aged 8 caught her salmon (2.4 kilo). 2.4 kilo usual catch size staff say. Eva’s fish took several minutes to catch. But the fishing guide Sam was excellent in patience and both children really enjoyed the experience.
We did not have to buy the bigger fish but we choose to take both fish.
Staff gutted and filleted the fish, vacuum packed and provided container with ice.

Cost to fish $15, but then you also have to pay for fish by weight plus filleting etc.

Overall experience 11 out of 10, extra point for Sam the guide.
Would suggest you book a time as several people came, but had to wait until the bookings had been completed.
Great to stop and break the journey if travelling. Right on the main road.
Written May 3, 2021
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Thanks for your review and glad you and your grandkids had a great Catch-A-Fish experience! Excellent comments regarding booking - we can get pretty busy on weekends, public holidays and school holidays, so booking is the best way to ensure your spot. Congratulations to the kids on catching a couple of our beautiful salmon.
Written June 29, 2021
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Jude T
Nelson, New Zealand21 contributions
We loved our late lunch at High Country Salmon last week. To my surprise I found the best pie ... Salmon, kumara and lemon (made just down the road in Fairlie). Plus we had to get some extra salmon to take home too. We enjoyed some other salmon fridge options too.

Nice to be able to feed the salmon in the pool outside and see how healthy and colourful they were when leaping out of the water.

Highly recommend - we dined about 4pm (late lunch/early dinner) on our way through to Lake Tekapo.
Written August 22, 2020
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Eric C
Atlanta, GA21 contributions
This place doesn't look like much from the road, and we stopped on a whim, but it turned out to be one of our better finds. We didn't feed the salmon or any of that, but did buy both cold and hot smoked salmon and some fillets from the little store inside the shed. They sold us a small Styrofoam cooler and packed it all in ice for us.

The cold smoked was without a doubt and without exaggeration the best smoked salmon i've ever had. And it went with everything, cheese, wine, farm fresh scrambled eggs.

I truly regret that we didn't buy more while we were there.
Written June 9, 2020
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Hi Eric, Thanks for taking the time to write a review and we're glad you turned in! I agree that the cold smoked is fabulous - so smooth and velvety!!
Written June 14, 2020
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Inha
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
Friends
Im not one to really leave reviews, but felt compelled to do so after this shockingly bad experience.

I get that they’re a big tourist stop and receive tons of foot traffic, but the customer service was beyond poor!

Visited the shop to pick up some fresh salmon on our way to Queenstown. We were very excited and looking forward to trying some High Country salmon after reading some highly rated reviews (we’re huge lovers of Akaroa salmon). Came slightly earlier than opening. We outside for about 15 mins and when we they opened the doors we were barely acknowledged by the two staff that were working in the shop. It seemed like they had no clue what they were doing - we asked for a price list for the different salmon varieties they had and were told they didn’t have one? We asked for fresh sashimi which we then waited whilst they prepared it, only to be presented with a standard fillet from yesterday’s harvest. We waited some more to find then out that the had no fresh harvested salmon available... They then brought out a day old fillet from out back saying that this particular fillet is good for sashimi, raw consumption while the other (same day old) fillets were not, but could not explain to us why?

Probably some of the worst customer service I’ve experienced. Staff had no knowledge of the product they were selling and had very little willingness to help. Extremely disappointed, will not be back.
Written August 19, 2020
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Hello, thanks for taking the time to write a review. I will pass this on to our Cafe/Retail manager as this is not an acceptable standard of service. As with many businesses, we are struggling managing staffing post-COVID but I will make training a priority.
Written August 23, 2020
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floridaherbie
Marco Island, FL175 contributions
We stopped there on our way back from Mount Cook to have so e sushi/sashimi. The salmon sashimi was OK, the rest - salad and kind of sushi rolls was below average. The restaurant is apparently now for Asian costumers only with all the plastic and the prices are more Japanese style.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thanks for taking the time for your review. All of our packaging is recyclable or biodegradable and we have the appropriate receptacle for customers to use. Our prices are similar or less than other businesses so maybe Japanese pricing is cheaper?! Our menu caters to all nationalities - burgers, chowder, curry, tacos, sandwiches, platters, salads as well as asian-style dishes to give a well-rounded menu. Thanks again for your review.
Written May 19, 2020
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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand762 contributions
Stopped here for about 20 minutes if you are not going to eat at the cafe probably long enough able to feed salmon for free and get some photos. Has good toilet facilities obviously geared up for tourists. You can buy salmon here in various forms. Definitely worth a stop and I would say children would enjoy the salmon feeding experience.
Written November 26, 2020
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NinaG
Auckland Central, New Zealand72 contributions
Family
We loved our stop at High Country Salmon. You can feed the fish for free and book to catch a fish if you like ($15 plus you have to purchase what you catch). My boys loved it and we had the most amazing sashimi and salmon steaks for a couple of nights. Can absolutely recommend!!
Written March 15, 2021
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Hi Nina, thanks for taking the time to write a review and we're glad your boys enjoyed our Catch-A-Fish experience.
Written March 21, 2021
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GrantandSheryl D
Dunedin, New Zealand144 contributions
Solo
Stopped for a look. Very busy with pushy tourists in the restaurant decided to leave to many rude tourists for me sorry. Visited there shop on the way out much better. Great selection yummy salmon.
Written January 5, 2020
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Thanks for your review. New Year is a very busy period for us, and we do have plans on how to manage this better. Hopefully next time you visit these will be in place.
Written March 3, 2020
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Peter C
Whakapapa, New Zealand8 contributions
Couples
We booked to catch 2 salmon and duly caught them with expert assistance from Sam. They were processed to a high standard of packed fillets ie. vacuum packed and iced to transport. Awesome dinner. Thanks to Cheryl who organised everything for us. Great coffee to be had 😁
Written January 29, 2021
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Hi Peter, glad you enjoyed your Catch-A-Fish experience and your yummy salmon!
Written March 21, 2021
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BazJackSalisbury
New Forest National Park Wiltshire, UK354 contributions
A commercial fish farm with a small cafe tagged on. It was rammed with Japanese and Chinese tourists when we called mid-morning presumably sashimi.
Two large dead salmon floating in the pond next to the cafe which looked like they had been there a while. Not a great advert. I'd give it a miss.
Written January 30, 2020
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Thanks for your review. As we are a working salmon farm, inevitably some of our salmon die - they are a very nervous breed of fish and some of them don't cope with being in the public pen. When they die, they sink to the bottom of the net so we aren't aware when this happens. They float to the surface after a period of time, and yes they don't look in great shape. We can't control when this happens and I apologise for this occurring during your visit.
Written May 19, 2020
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