Tony and Moana welcome you to the Curly Tree Whitebait Company nestled on the historic Waita River (about 10kms north of Haast)
We are a new business to the West Coast of the South Island, although the Kerr family is not new to the Waita River.
The premises of Curly Tree are situated on an old airstrip, used during the 1950's and 1960's for airlifting whitebait out from the Waita. Around that time, Tony's Great-Grandparents established one of the early huts on the river and began a whitebaiting tradition that now extends five generations.
Our whitebait is sourced from many of the mighty rivers on the south westland coast.
Our focus is simple - to provide you the best West Coast white gold - Curly Tree Whitebait is New Zealand Food Safety Authority approved and is proud to cater to the needs of supermarkets, major distributors, restaurants, hotels and individuals alike.
Curly Tree continues to operate it's retail shop at the Waita River. Call in to buy the well sought after West Coast whitebait for your own freezer, or try NZs' iconic whitebait pattie cooked for you on the spot!
Just follow the signs and call in for your a chat and your own taste of this great Kiwi delicacy...the famous whitebait pattie!
Waita River Reserve
September to March Hours: Mon - Sun: 9am - 7pm
April to August Hours: Depending on supply
Mon - Sun: 10:30am - 6pm