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Owen River Lodge

South Island New Zealand

Your host ​Felix and Keeley

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Welcome to Owen River Lodge – New Zealand’s finest luxury country lodge.

My name is Felix Borenstein; I am the General manager & owner of Owen River Lodge. 17 years ago I decided to go back to my hospitality roots to create a luxury lodge catering to guests from NZ and all over the world that want to enjoy a country retreat in style and grace.

Owen River Lodge is located just north of Murchison, about 110k’s south of Nelson, a comfortable and scenic 90-minute drive.

Owen River Lodge is a multi award winning, stylish country retreat where you can relax in wonderful surrounds, be pampered with unpretentious service, enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest food and wine and do as much or as little as you wish.

Make sure you take some time to enjoy a massage in our dedicated therapy room or perhaps chillax in our jacuzzi or explore the lodge gardens. We have two large vegetable gardens, where we grow much of the produce we use, all of which is grown under organic principles. And don’t forget to check out Kylie’s recently established flower garden.

Nelson Lakes National park is just around the corner, where there’s some fabulous tramping to be had - from the relaxed to the hardcore. Or you may want to do a ½ day’s white water rafting trip down the mighty Buller River, fancy trying Jetboating through the Buller Gorge or perhaps grab a couple of lodge’s mountain bikes for a ride up the valley.

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 river fishery in the world.

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

Our very special location provides the travelling angler with an enormous choice and variety of rivers, streams and lakes to fish, our guests have over 29 rivers and streams accessible to them 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 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 country lodge that delivers a relaxed, understated and highly professional level of service in stylish surrounds, serving wonderful food to travelling anglers and non-anglers alike. Our elegantly-designed guest accommodation cottage suites are full of sunlight, contemporary art and offer amazing views of the river, the Owen Ranges and Kahurangi National Park.

Qualmark, the independent accommodation rating agency which is wholly owned by Tourism New Zealand, has awarded Owen River Lodge its prestigious Luxury Lodge certification.

This is the highest level of certification in New Zealand. Qualmark has also given us a Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award—which means Owen River Lodge is now the most highly-accredited luxury country lodge in New Zealand.

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 / fishing vacation possible. As a luxury country 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, genuine Kiwi hospitality.

Felix Borenstein
Owner & General Manager

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Casting For Recovery 2020: how we helped make it work in the Covid year

For the last seven years, we’ve been opening the doors of Owen River Lodge… Read more

ORL wins big in 2020 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Awards!

Second in New Zealand; fifth overall in Australia and the South Pacific—the… Read more

Feb 24 2019

My return trip to fly fishing paradise AKA Owen River Lodge! I have traveled New Zealand extensively over 40 years in pursuit of large trout and there’s a reason I keep… Read more

Robert T Chicago USA : TripAdvisor

Mar 23 2019

A truly fabulous place that exceeded our high expectations. My wife and I recently spent 3 nights at Owen River Lodge. From the moment we arrived to the reluctant moment… Read more

Paul J UK : 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