Three months after closing following a landslide severely damaging their land, Golden Bay Anatoki Salmon Farm owners Jan and Gerda Dissel have re-opened their tourist attraction.
"The phoenix rises out of the ashes and we rose out of the mud," said Mr Dissel.
"When a disaster like that happens you just step back afterwards and analyse the situation. Of course you see the damage and I thought you can fix it, but thousands of salmon died," he said.
Mr Dissel said NZ King Salmon enabled them to reopen on Saturday by supplying them with 15,000 one-year-old salmon. They lost more than 35,000 salmon during the landslide.
"The day it happened Solly's arrived with diggers. That was going on for many months as they dug away a few thousand cubic metres of mud."
Mr Dissel said the fast clean up effort was also due to the support of "many volunteers", the Takaka Fire Brigade, the Tasman District Council and the "generosity of locals".
He said they had turned the disaster into the opportunity to make many improvements to their site, including providing a new interactive water feature for children.
Palmerston North based Colin Wilson was out fishing with his grandson, three-year-old Harry Trollope on reopening day in Kotinga.
"I take Harry fishing at Lake Taupo and he's been dying to take me fishing in Takaka," he said.
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