Recent news

One man’s pest is another man’s poundage

November 10, 2014

Over the past few months, we’ve been waiting to see if the mouse and rat plague predicted by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) will eventuate. I can now state with a reasonable degree of certainty that although it’s taken longer to manifest than originally thought, we are definitely in the midst of a mouse… Read more

Loan fly fishing gear

September 30, 2014

I think there are several really important things that make up a truly great fishing lodge: the accommodations, the food, the staff, the location, the fishery, the fishing guides and the loan gear. We all know what a hassle it is packing and traveling with fishing gear. So we’ve taken the pain out of staying and fishing with… Read more

Sage releases new rod - Accel

September 07, 2014

Sage, the leader is fly rod design and manufacture has released a new range of medium-fast action single-hand, switch and two-hand fly rods to the market with the ACCEL series by reinventing proven Generation 5 technology. Adding a graphite hoop core and axial fiber material in the new Generation 5 technology allowed for a lighter,… Read more

Non-resident fishing licence

September 03, 2014

Fish and Game are the organization delegated by the New Zealand government to manage the freshwater fishery, has introduced a new licence type for non-resident anglers. So, for this upcoming season there are two licences available:· A 24-hour licence at a cost of NZ $25 per angler, per day. There are no limits on the number… Read more

Wi-Fi now available in all guest cottage suites

August 19, 2014

We’ve had Wi-Fi available in the main lodge building since opening but to be honest, we have struggled to get the signal out to all the guest cottage suites…. I’m pleased to let all our guests know that we have upgraded our Wi-Fi network and, as a consequence, Wi-Fi is now available in all our guest cottage suites. Naturally… Read more

Hosted Trips

June 09, 2014

Each season sees several groups of hosted traveling anglers stay and fish at Owen River Lodge. This upcoming season is no different with Barry & Cathy Beck and April Vokey hosting groups of anglers during season 2014 2015. April Vokey : Nov 30 > December 7 April hails from British Columbia and is an avid… Read more

TripAdvisor Award

June 03, 2014

We are honoured to have been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014. This is the 5th year in a row we have been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence. We would like to thank all of our wonderful guests that have taken the time to write a TripAdvisor review!

Mouse Plague & Huge Trout

May 29, 2014

Every 5 or 6 years, a mouse plague explodes in the beech forests of New Zealand. These plagues are driven by the simultaneous seeding or flowering of the native New Zealand beech tree. This produces a glut of seeds or nuts that the rats & mice feast on. With rodents producing 10 offspring every 8 weeks, the plagues can eventually… Read more

Perseverance Pays Off

December 09, 2013

The rivers that surround Owen River Lodge are inhabited by wild brown trout. It’s no coincidence that wild trout live in wild places and it doesn’t matter where you go in this world, if you fly fish for trout the weather can – and quite often does – play a significant role. Indeed, the quality of the wild trout fishery… Read more

Sage Releases New Ultra Fast Fly Rod - 'Method'

June 21, 2013

June 13 saw Sage Manufacturing announces the release of its 2014 premier collection of high performance rods called the METHOD series. These ultra-fast fly rods use Sage’s proprietary Konnetic technology. The METHOD delivers high line speeds and tight loops for extreme distance and wind-cutting casts all while maintaining… Read more

Review of October & November Early Fishing Season 2012

May 08, 2013

Early season fishing is an incredibly underrated time of the year to fish the top of the south region of the South Island of New Zealand. A big statement I hear you ask – well I’m here to tell you why! The vast majority of the rivers in this region are closed all winter (1st May through to the end of September) this means… Read more

Early Season Fishing at Owen River Lodge

September 17, 2012

The river fishing season for the top of the South Island of New Zealand opens on the 1st of October and ends on the 30th of April, which means that the session starts in spring, moves to summer and ends in autumn/fall. The changing of the seasons brings changes to the rivers, the weather and trout behaviour which means that… Read more

Cathy and Barry Beck's Experience at Owen River Lodge

August 19, 2012

A Toast to the Everest of Trout Fishing - By Cathy and Barry Beck It’s a long way from our cabin in the endless mountains of north eastern Pennsylvania to the doorstep of the Owen River Lodge on New Zealand’s South Island. We come here each year to host a group of fly fishermen from the USA for Frontiers International, a… Read more

Late Season Fishing - a Review of the Fishing Action in April 2012

May 29, 2012

Late season fly fishing in New Zealand is a very under-rated time of the fishing season. Typically the weather in late March and April is settled, with lovely sunny Autumn/Fall days. The brown’s tend to be feeding aggressively as they put on weight and condition in anticipation of them spawning in June. Combine this with the… Read more

Mid-Season Fishing Review (Dec 2011 - Jan 2012)

April 10, 2012

Its been an interesting season thus far. The New Zealand Bureau of Meteorology have announced that the Nelson and Marlborough regions have had the cloudiest & wettest summer on record. However, despite all the rain and cloudy days, our talented group of guides got our guests onto quality fish! This blog entry (which is late)… Read more

Apr 12 2013

My fourth stay at Owen River Lodge-well that’s a review in itself, almost no more needs to be said. The lodge is as elegant as ever, Autumnal colors, the effervescent… Read more

Max, Melbourne Australia- TripAdvisor

Apr 13 2014

We stayed for my partner’s 50th birthday and our visit could not have been more perfect. Each cottage suite is immaculate, comfortable and spacious, with a shower to die for.… Read more

Helen T, Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom- TripAdvisor

Awards & acknowledgements

Owen River Lodge NZ: “Fly fishing at its very best”

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