Recent news

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

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

Jun 27 2012

Article detailing the fishing opportunities in the Murchison region and Owen River Lodge.

FlyLife

Oct 11 2013

We had stayed at Owen River Lodge several years back and enjoyed it immensely, so had very high expectations for the return visit. We were not disappointed in any way. Our host… Read more

Brian P, Perth, Australia: TripAdvisor

Awards & acknowledgements

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

Ph: +64 3 523 9075 Address: Owen Valley East Road, Murchison, Nelson, South Island, New Zealand

Email: stay@owenriverlodge.co.nz