New Zealandís awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural. The honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. The great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!
beautiful scenery in the fly fishing area South Island New Zealand
Nelson Lakes Area - South Island
Situated in the north-west corner of the South Island, the Nelson region is surrounded by sheltering mountain ranges, giving it a surprisingly mild climate, with generally light winds and reliable rainfall.
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The Nelson region is known for its golden beaches, national parks, boutique wineries, micro breweries and a large creative community of working artists. Add to this locally grown produce, freshly caught seafood, historical streetscapes and waterfront restaurants and youíll see that it offers a thoroughly pleasurable way of life.

The city of Nelson was named after Admiral Lord Nelson of Battle of Trafalgar fame.
It's home to a community that combines a relaxed approach to life with a get-up-and-go attitude. This is where you can organise yourself an adventure, or begin an arty shopping spree. The city is the home of the Montana New Zealand Wearable Art Museum, where art comes off the wall and onto the body in many weird and wonderful ways.

beautiful scenery in the fly fishing area South Island New Zealand
From Nelson itís easy to access any of three National Parks. Abel Tasman National Park is a coastal wonderland of sea, sky, rocky headlands and bright golden beaches. The Nelson Lakes National Park is set amidst the mountains and glaciated valleys south of Nelson city and features beech forests and the beautiful jewel-like lakes, Rotoiti and Rotoroa. Kahurangi, New Zealandís second largest national park comprises 450,000 ha of mostly untouched wilderness, with magnificent three to four-day hiking trails. Adventure operators make it easy to find the most magical places in the region. Kayak, river rafting, mountain bike, horse, 4WD motorbike - you name it, you can do it!
Regions of the South Island
Youíll find a variety of awesome landscapes in New Zealand, all within easy reach of each other. Spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forest, miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches ó itís all here.
  • Nelson / Marlborough
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Mt Cook & Mackenzie
  • Dunedin & Coastal Otago
  • Queenstown/ Wanaka
  • Fiordland
  • Southland
native plant South Island New Zealand
Travel Tips
New Zealand is a 3.5 hour flight from Eastern Australia. From the West Coast of the United States, a direct flight to New Zealand is 12 hours. From other places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, flights take around 10 hours.
New Zealand Customs Officers are serious about maintaining New Zealandís disease-free status. Please make sure your boots and waders are absolutely spotless with no mud, grass or any other material attached to them. We recommend that you do not bring any fly tying materials.
Kiwi road sign, South Island New Zealand
Owen River Lodge has a 5 star quality rating from New Zealand tourism quality agency Qualmark
Owen River Lodge
New Zealandís finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge
Owen Valley East Road, Murchison
Nelson, South Island, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 523 9075