Recent news

Many mice make massive browns

May 19, 2015

In my November 2014 blog post, I discussed the mouse plague that this region was likely to experience over the season. Well, it happened! It wasn’t the massive mice and rat plague we’ve seen in previous seasons (1999/2000, for example) but on certain rivers in the Nelson/Marlborough region there were mice simply… Read more

Casting for Recovery

May 03, 2015

Last weekend, Owen River Lodge opened its doors for the annual Casting For Recovery South Island retreat. It’s the third time we’ve hosted this very special event. Casting For Recovery offers retreats free of charge to people who have, or have had, breast cancer. Participants get to take some time out, be pampered, have… Read more

The best fishing day of your life

January 12, 2015

As an angler, if you’re very lucky, there is one day that outshines all others. One lucky couple had theirs here last week. Wayne and Vicki are from Melbourne and have just completed their fourth stay at Owen River Lodge. They learned to fly fish here on their first visit in October 2012, so you could say they’re… Read more

This is THE season to fly fish New Zealand !

December 21, 2014

If you’ve ever thought about fly fishing for huge wild brown trout in New Zealand, then this season is the time to come ! Why I hear you say ? Well to cut a long story short, there is a mice and rat plague in the beech forests in some parts of the South Island of New Zealand. These furry little critters are… Read more

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

Mar 22 2014

“After many years of trying to get to Owen River Lodge - 2014 was to be the year for us. What a superb way to celebrate our wedding anniversary with my super keen fishing husband.… Read more

The Neills, Christchurch, NZ - TripAdvisor

Jan 29 2015

What a lodge, what a catch! Three nights at the Owen River Lodge was just not enough time to be in the place I’d love to be forever. It WAS enough time however to explore some… Read more

Ella W Perth Australia : TripAdvisor

Awards & acknowledgements

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

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Email: stay@owenriverlodge.co.nz