When aspiring to exceptional culinary standards, not all salmon are created equal. Ōra King salmon are the best of our unique breed of King salmon, nurtured throughout their lifecycle to ensure the finest result. Ōra King salmon is inspired by and created for discerning chefs around the world.

Best of Breed

Our classical breeding programme combines 20 years of time-honoured husbandry practices and seven generations of King salmon. This has produced over 90 distinct King salmon families, chosen so that only the finest examples - with the most appealing taste, texture and colour - are carried forward to subsequent generations.

King salmon eggs destined to produce Ōra King salmon are nurtured in the crystal clear waters flowing from Te Waikoropupu Springs at our hatchery in Takaka. With an average of 14,000 litres of fresh water bubbling to the surface every second, the waters of this region have been verified as some of the clearest waters in the world, an ideal beginning to the life cycle for Ōra King salmon. 

Within their first year, the smolt are carefully transferred to the sheltered deep water bays of the Marlborough Sounds, to mature in fast flowing sea waters, thus emulating the true lifecycle of the wild King salmon.  Please visit http://orakingsalmon.co.nz/ for more information.