The Insider's Guide to New Zealand

Something special to drink

- Tekapo-Twizel Road (10km north of Twizel), SH8. (03) 435 0427, alpinesalm­

was the choice of celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal when he opened a temporary version of The Fat Duck restaurant in Melbourne a few years back. It was also the first salmon farm in Australasi­a to receive Best Aquacultur­e Practice certificat­ion. Its freshwater king salmon swims in glacier-fed water that flows down from the mountains of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park at a rate of 7.5 million litres per minute. The company insists that it's so pure it's possible to drink the water above and below the farm. There's a Mt Cook Alpine Salmon store situated in the most picturesqu­e of spots on SH8 at the Pūkaki Informatio­n Centre. Scoffing salmon sashimi by Lake Pūkaki is just goodness heaped upon goodness.

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