New Zealand's finest 5-star rated fly fishing lodge

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Experience fly fishing in New Zealand at its very best

We will get you to the best waters to catch that fish of a lifetime.

Stay in 5 Star comfort

Owen River Lodge has received many accolades for its quality accommodation. Reviews

A true mecca for brown trout!

We are located in the midst of NZ’s premier brown trout fishery

Every detail is taken care of

Enjoy local cuisine prepared by our in-house chef and top NZ wines. Dining

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The best fly fishing for wild brown trout in the world !

Owen River Lodge

South Island New Zealand

Your host ​Felix and Keeley

Welcome to Owen River Lodge – New Zealand’s finest 5 star-rated fly fishing lodge.

My name is Felix Borenstein; I own and manage Owen River Lodge. I first started fly fishing in my native Australia in 1995. Overnight my life changed – I became absolutely addicted!

Before I knew it, I’d visited the South Island of New Zealand some 19 times. Never mind visiting, I wanted to develop a contemporary-styled luxury fishing lodge there.

World’s best sighted trout fishery at our doorstep

After fishing around a lot of New Zealand, it became obvious to me that the Murchison/Nelson Lakes region of the South Island has the best sighted brown trout fishery in the world.

Owen River Lodge is located right in the middle of this area.

Our special site affords you an enormous choice and variety of rivers, streams and lakes to fish. Over 25 rivers and streams are accessible within a 90 minute drive.

If this wasn’t enough, our position right on the boundary of Kahurangi National Park means you can quickly and easily fly into another dozen or so stunning wilderness streams.

Experienced local guides

Owen River Lodge has developed one of New Zealand’s most experienced guiding teams. All our friendly fishing guides are Kiwis who live locally and are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association. With their assistance, a day on the river is full of action, excitement and generally much laughter!

The lodge that Felix built

It was my desire to create a luxurious fishing lodge that delivers a relaxed, understated and highly professional level of service in stylish surrounds, serving wonderful food to anglers and non-anglers alike. Our elegantly-designed guest accommodation cottage suites are full of sunlight and offer amazing views of the river, the Owen Ranges and Kahurangi National Park.

We want you to have the best

I’d like you to think of our lodge as your private club or luxury retreat. Our goal is to help you have the very best holiday/vacation possible.As a specialist fly fishing lodge, we’ve tried to think of everything our guests could need from us. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why so many return to Owen River Lodge year after year!

Fly fishing for trout is my passion; come on over and let my team spoil you with some fantastic Kiwi hospitality.
Felix Borenstein

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See images of our pristine fishing waters and stunning location.

What is New Zealand style fly fishing?

New Zealand is blessed with clear rivers and large resident trout. This unique… Read more

Early season fishing sees fantastic results !

If the first 3 weeks of the season are anything to go by; then season 2016 /… Read more

Jan 12 2016

The Nelson mail has listed their “Top 5” luxury escapes in the region, and Owen River Lodge was one of those ! Read more

Dec 6 2016

I just returned from a 3-day stay at the Owen River Lodge. It was spectacular, and even a short stay easily qualifies as a trip of a lifetime. The accommodations are impeccable—comfortable,… Read more

John USA 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