Anatoki Eels

Owners of Golden Bay Anatoki Salmon fishing buy adjacent nature park

Owners of Anatoki Salmon fishing in Golden Bay have bought the adjacent nature park and cafe that is home to tame eels in Golden Bay.

Jan and Gerda Dissel last weekend unveiled the new "family park" and pancake cafe and its new name is Anatoki Eels. The park and cafe was formally called Wild Earth.

The acquisition of the nature park extends their operation at Anatoki Salmon, which will run in conjunction with the fishing.

Gerda said new additions to the family park included an eel museum detailing the long history of the tame eels at Anatoki, a large sandpit and a variety of giant life-sized family games like Guess Who, Checkers and Pick-up Sticks.

The large animals such as the donkey and the llamas are no longer at the park, however the small petting animals have remained.

Gerda said the idea was for people to be able to spend a whole day between both venues.

"They can start at [Anatoki Salmon] and go fishing and then they can come over [to Anatoki eels] and have a drink, a pancake, see some animals and play some games.

"We have a screen set up [at Anatoki Eels] so people can see when their fish [will be] ready, and they can eat the fish [at Anatoki Eels] too if they want."

Jan said the new menu boasts large European-style pancakes with a variety of delicious toppings.

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