Hooks Mothers Day Special

We all love our Mums! There would be no better way to spend Mums day on the lake catching some fresh salmon, but unfortunately that’s still out of the picture for us in level 3. So Hook have decided to team up with Maude and get a box of goodies available for you to purchase for her. Some delicious cheeses, beautiful cold smoked salmon, caught and smoked onsite here at Hook and a bottle of Maude bubbles for your Ma’ to enjoy in her bubble.

If this sounds like your mums cup of tea (or glass of wine) click here to buy this fantastic package. This deal is only available locally (Wanaka, Hawea, Luggate). Have a Happy Mothers Day Wanaka mums.

Level-3 update. Online ordering. Pick-up service.

Our online ordering system is now in place making it even easier to order your fresh Hook salmon. Instead of phoning and emailing orders through please place your order directly online https://hookwanaka.nz/shop/

Our caught to order fishing process remains the same: all fish will be caught to order. Deliveries will still be Tuesday and Friday afternoons. And you can now collect your order from Hook between 3pm – 5pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. Be sure to get your order in by 12pm the prior day.

For those collecting from Hook: please make sure you have received confirmation from us before coming down to collect your fish. Your order will be placed on a table for contactless collection.

We will be adding more options over time. Look out for our Salmon Chowder heat-and-eat coming next week.

We have made the difficult decision not to offer takeaway meals or coffees at Level 3. There are so many small businesses in town doing such an amazing job of this. Please support them if you can! The more you spend with those cafes and restaurants, the more $$$ goes into the system – and that means more people buying our fresh salmon. Make the extra effort to download their apps, pre-order your meals and support local business. You buy coffee and cake from one of our neighboring cafes, they buy salmon from us, we buy a meal from a local restaurant and so it goes on – it’s a beautiful circle if we all continue to SUPPORT LOCAL.

Thanks everyone for all your support and patience.

Free range salmon caught to order


We have the green light to sell our fresh Hook salmon during lockdown. Your salmon is currently swimming in the crystal clear lakes of Hook Wanaka. Just say the word and your fish will be caught to order and delivered to your door!

While this is currently only available to Wanaka, Hawea and Luggate our area coverage will expand, as will the products we offer. So make sure to sign up to our mailing list and follow our social media for updates.

We’ve all been missing those lovely afternoons with friends at Hook, so we’re really excited to be able to bring our fresh salmon to you to enjoy while we wait out the lockdown.


— Check out what’s on offer here

— Let us know what you want by emailing hello@hookwanaka.nz

— Or call us on 03 443 1222 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday

— We will send you an invoice, payable by bank transfer or debit/credit card

— Our fishing guide John will catch your fish (damn, tough job!)

— Owner Graham will deliver your fish to your door

— Deliveries are made on Tuesdays and Fridays

— Be sure to get your order to us by 12pm the day before


(Please bear with us as we work to keep Hook alive! If you have any suggestions/comments/ideas please contact us so that we can fix any issues immediately.)

Here’s an idea of what are we doing behind the scenes to keep to the rules and stay safe:

— All of our fishing equipment, preparation areas and equipment, door handles etc have been sanitised. Also, nothing has been touched by anyone other than our fishing guide and owner since we closed 2 weeks ago. Hook is clean as a bean.

— We already follow a strict Food Control Plan with tight rules on cleaning, sanitising and washing hands. Hands are washed before catching, after catching, before prepping, after prepping, before packaging, after packaging, before delivery…you get the idea. There is a LOT of hand washing involved.

— We are a small, family-run operation and will work with you to ensure we your salmon delivery is put in the right place, at the right time – not just inline with the rules of the lockdown, but sticking to any rules you’ve got within your bubble. We want to you to feel safe. We want to feel safe. We want happy bubbles.

Covid-19 Update

Hi everyone.

As you will have worked out already, due to the restrictions at Alert Level 4 during the Covid-19 crisis, Hook is currently closed.

Our office is still operating remotely so if you have any questions please email us at hello@hookwanaka.nz

The coming weeks will be interesting for everyone, but rest assured as the situation develops so do our ideas. We intend to be up and running as soon as it is allowable and safe to do so. Things will change a bit, but we will always strive to keep our fantastic fishing experience our number one focus. Our beautiful wide open grounds hold even more appeal than ever, and we’re excited for the future.

Take care of yourselves and stay tuned for updates.

From the Hook team

Hook turns one

On 8th February 2019, Hook anxiously opened our doors after years (and years!) of hard (very hard!) work.

Would they like us? Do people want to fish? Do people like salmon? Are we good enough? Are we pretty enough? What if no-one comes? Have we made a mistake? All these thoughts and more went round and round in our heads.

But you did come, you did like us, and you do like fishing! And we are so grateful to you all. Some of you keep coming back again and again – and we love that. You guys are all awesome and we have loved every minute of teaching you to fish, watching you land your first salmon, watching your kids land their first salmon, laughing, playing, drinking and all the rest of it.

So this weekend (8-9 February) we are having a bit of a celebration. There will be specials on food and activities all weekend. We’ll be running a prize draw for a free fishing experience. On Saturday afternoon from 3-6pm we have live music with Mike Rigg. And if you can get in before we eat it all there will be free birthday cake.

So team, friends, please – come on down to Hook this weekend to celebrate our first birthday with us.

That Wanaka Tree

Hook is currently displaying 3 stunning works of art by Adam Humphreys of Castle Carvings including a breathtaking sculpture of That Wanaka Tree.

The tree was designed and built by local craftsman Adam and we think it’s even better than the original. Come and see for yourself and let us know what you think. On a clear, calm day you can test out your photography skills for the perfect reflection photo seriously rivaling any other #thatwanakatree post.

Celebrating summer + the silly season

It’s been an eventful few weeks with wild weather in Wanaka, Christmas on the way, and a load of exciting updates from us here at Hook. Thanks again for all your support, you guys are absolute legends and we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Years! Read on to find out all the latest news from us here at Hook. 


Don’t miss this incredible line up of local talent playing by the lake Saturdays from 3 – 6pm.

21 Dec – Miki Brown
28 Dec – Miki Brown
4 Jan – Tai Forrester
11 Jan – Mike Rigg
18 Jan – Jade Howe
25 Jan – Rock n’ Robbie
1 Feb – Jade Howe


Get totally immersed in the relaxed summer vibes at Hook with a picnic on the lawn. Savour our selection of meat, cheese, crackers + pickles. Add some smoked salmon + a bottle of wine for the perfect day of indulgence. We’ll take care of everything so you can just sit back and relax.


We now have a selection of the finest brews on tap. With so many great local breweries we’ll be keeping the selection fresh. Currently on tap are the Hook Lager, Moa Dry Hopped Pilsner, Rhyme x Reason Kiwi Kolsch, Emerson’s 1812 Pale Ale.


Guided Fishing Lessons are a fantastic experience. This season we have a couple of incredible fishing guides who can teach you everything you never knew you didn’t know about fishing. Our guides are amazing and they would love to share their passion with you. Guided Fishing Lessons can be booked online.

Hook, Line and Thinker. Puzzling World combo pass.

Enjoy lunch at here at the Hook salmon farm and savour the relaxed vibe before flexing your brain rods at Puzzling World with the Combo pass that links Wanaka’s newest and oldest attractions! The combo pass gives you 15% off a Wanaka-famous Hook pizza and entry to Puzzling World Maze and Illusion Rooms. Passes can be purchased in-store at Hook or Puzzling World.

Make the most of your day out in Wanaka and save on two of the best attractions in the area.

2019 Christmas Functions

Hook is the perfect option for your 2019 Christmas Function


A private outdoor table overlooking the lakes will be reserved for your party. We have big umbrellas to shade you from the sun. In the unlikely event of rain we’ll move you under cover.

Our chef will prepare you a 2-course platter menu to be enjoyed in a casual sharing style. The menu reflects our unique, fresh, ‘Hook’ style. Please let us know of any food allergies.

1 standard drink per person is included, and we can arrange for more (beer, wine, soft drinks) to be pre-paid and set out for you in ice buckets. You are welcome to bring your own Christmas cake, there is a $2 ‘cakeage’ fee per person for this.


While we don’t include fishing as part of the function package if anyone in the party wants to fish, they can. We don’t take bookings for fishing as we can’t predict how long it will take – which is all part of the fun! But just be aware with bigger groups that not everyone may be able to fish at once. We can prepare your catch as sashimi or hot-smoked to eat-in (it will come out when it’s ready, which may not be at the same time as the rest of the meal) or we can prepare hot-smoked, fillets, or whole fish to take away. Rod hire is $5, and the salmon you catch are $39.95/kg. Fishing will be charged separately and must be paid on the day.

Available Dates

25th – 29th November, 2nd – 6th December, 9th – 13th December

Bookings are available from 11am. Due to our liquor licence, groups need to depart by 7:30pm.

Group size

Maximum 25 people


$59.95 per person


A 50% deposit must be paid 7 days in advance, the balance can be paid on the day.


Please call 03 443 1222 or email hello@hookwanaka.nz to secure a booking.

October + Summer Hours

It’s the last week of the school holidays (boo, we love holidays!), and the last week of our shorter winter hours (yay, we want to fish more!).

We want to let you know that Hook will be closed from 14th – 16th October for a quick refurbishment to get ready for the summer.

That’s the bad news. But the good news is we will back on 17th October with longer hours of:

10am – 7pm daily

closing 7:30pm Friday + Saturday

Even better news is that we will be firing the pizza oven back up. Yes that’s right – our famous pizzas are back so get excited!

On Thursday 17th and Friday 18th October we will be running a limited pizza and small plates menu so that we can try our new ideas out on you, and from Saturday 19th our full summer menu will be available.

Hook is fast becoming the go-to attraction in Wanaka and we’re really excited that you can now stay longer, fish more, and eat pizza again! Keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates, events, activities and more at Hook Wanaka.