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If you’re hooked on Omega 3’s like me, you might want to give the Anatoki Salmon Farm a visit when you’re next in Golden Bay.
They are located just 7km from Takaka township in the stunning Anatoki Valley, adjoining the Anatoki River, looking out across beautiful New Zealand bush.
This tranquil spot is the perfect location to bring your friends, family or on your own for a spot of fishing with guaranteed success. You don’t necessarily need fishing experience, entry is free and all the gear is provided for you free of charge.
Simply pay per weight for what you catch, $19.00 per kilo.
You will pick up your fishing rods and tackle from the café (after some instructions if needed) with a net and a bin to put your catch into, and head down to “Lake Anatoki”, the fishing pond.
You can spend as long as you like down here catching your fish and enjoying the atmosphere.
Your fish will then be cleaned and prepared in front of you, into fillets or steaks free of charge, or have it hot smoked on site for an extra $10.00 with a range of delicious seasonings.
You can eat there as part of a picnic – there are plenty of spots for picnicking, or have it prepared to take home. It can even be vacuum packed for enjoying up to 30 days later!
Or have it made into sashimi for just $5.00 per fish. They can also give you recipe ideas for if you’re taking your fresh fish home to cook yourself.
Just a heads-up – if you’re in a group of 10 people or more and are eating your fish on site, you will have it hot smoked for free.
You don’t necessarily have to fish for yourself, of course. You can enjoy a glass (or a bottle) of high quality wine, sip a coffee or soft drink and select from their fully-licensed café menu – salmon-related of course.
And if you’re not here in Golden Bay and still want to sample their delicious salmon, you can contact them and make an order – with all salmon harvested and dispatched the same day.
Anatoki Salmon also aims to be environmentally sustainable in managing their resources – something you may have an interest in.
“We do this through such initiatives as:
Preserving water quality downstream of our fish farm property (maintaining these levels well within our resource consent limits)
Ensuring our land and fish welfare practices are more natural management solutions, with minimal chemical treatments
Reducing our use of non-reusable products and targeting a challenging minimum level of waste taken to landfill
Supporting many community acts of charity in order to be socially responsible”
So, if your stomach is grumbling and you’re in the Bay with some time to spare, head to the Anatoki Salmon Farm for lunch, or the whole day.
Open 9am – 4.30pm daily, no reservations required.
From Boxing day till the end of January open till 6pm