Getting Here

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If you are flying in to New Zealand, we recommend you fly to Nelson. There are numerous flights to Nelson from Christchurch, Auckland or Wellington. We can arrange transfers to the lodge from Nelson. Please call/email us for details.


We are located 2 kilometres down a country lane from State Highway 6, (opposite the Owen River Tavern), 15 minutes north of Murchison, a leisurely 90 minute drive from Nelson or approximately 3.5 hours from Christchurch (Please give way to the sheep).

Driving from Nelson

Drive out from the airport, take the first roundabout and turn to the right. Follow this road (about 1 kilometer) until it ends at a T-intersection /roundabout. Turn right - you are now on the highway (State highway 6) that will take you all the way to the lodge (Just follow the signs to Murchison).

The lodge is located about 100 kilometers from the airport. On the way (50 kilometers approx) you will go over the Motueka bridge/river - keep following the signs to Murchison.

You will see a sign on your left pointing to St. Arnaud (don’t turn off) - you are now 20 kilometers (approx) from the lodge. You will then see a sign on your left saying Lake Rotoroa (don’t turn off here either) you are now about 10 kilometers from the lodge.

You will soon see the Owen River Tavern on your left - don’t worry you can’t miss it - its a 2 story white Pub/Hotel in the middle of nowhere.

Slow down and just before the bridge, turn right up Owen Valley East Road. This is just after the Pub, but before you cross the Owen River bridge. The lodge is 2 kilometres on your left.

Driving from Christchurch

Drive out of Christchurch towards Kaikoura/Picton (Highway 1) and drive though Amberley.

Approximately 10 kilometres after you leave Amberley you need to turn left off the highway towards Hanmer Springs/West coast (Highway 7).

This will take you over the Lewis pass. The next turn is at Springs Junction - where you turn/veer to the right and follow the sign’s to Murchison. (Highway 65)

The Lodge is 20 kilometres after you leave Murchison (towards Nelson – Highway 6). You will get to Owen River bridge, go over the bridge and turn sharp left onto Owen Valley East Road. The lodge is located 2 kilometres down this road on the left.

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 very serious about maintaining New Zealand’s disease-free status. Please make sure your boots and waders are absolutely dry and spotless with no mud, grass or any other material attached to them. We recommend that you do not bring any fly tying materials (e.g. feathers).

Contact us

Nov 14 2013

Undoubtedly the best week “I am new to fly fishing but my husband convinced me that this would be the best time ever. So I thought Oh OK I will tag along and make the… Read more

Kathy H, Melbourne, AU - TripAdvisor

Feb 11 2014

Felix strives to operate a fly fishing lodge among the ranks of the world’s finest—and succeeds in doing so. His careful attention to detail ensures that every aspect of the… Read more

William Schmitt: Auckland, New Zealand- 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