The build up to opening day

Hook Wanaka Opening Soon

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you’re wondering what on earth is actually going on at this “salmon place” that you’ve heard is opening soon in Wanaka.

Simple answer is a lot is going on! The process to get this far has been long, complicated, exciting, and frankly – extremely hard work!

We’re planning to open this summer and the concept is ironically simple: come down to us in Albert Town, borrow one of our fishing rods, and catch your own salmon from one of our lakes. We’ll then prepare it for you (smoked, sashimi, or filleted), and you can either dine in our outdoor courtyard, or take it away with you.

We’ll be starting off slow so we can find our feet and do it right. If we get busy we will limit the number of fish that can be caught so we don’t put any pressure on the environment (or us for that matter). We won’t be offering catch and release, only catch what you can eat. It’s about experiencing the thrill of catching your own food and eating it fresh.

Our food won’t all be salmon based, and you don’t even have to fish. We’re starting off with a small café set in a heated outdoor courtyard serving a variety of tasting platters and woodfired pizzas. The emphasis is on exceptional taste and premium ingredients. Our coffee will be 5 star, and we will have a small hand-picked selection of wine and beer to match the food. The food and drink that we love is what we want to offer our visitors.

We think this is going to be a great asset for Wanaka, it’s a great way to get outdoors and have an adventure without having to get extreme. We’re a family-run business, aiming to give people a unique experience with a down to earth, small town, good old kiwi vibe.

In between meetings, paperwork, gardening, putting a new road in, and banging our heads against the wall, we’ll also be updating our Facebook and Instagram so you can see how we’re progressing. There is so much more in the pipeline, and we will have an open day for Wanaka locals, so keep an eye out for that!