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Welcome to Owen River Lodge – New Zealand’s finest luxury fly fishing lodge.
My name is Felix Borenstein; I am the General manager & owner of Owen River Lodge. I first started fly fishing in 1995 and overnight my life was completely changed – I became absolutely addicted!.
Before I knew it, I’d squeezed 21 week long fly fishing trips to the South Island of New Zealand. It then dawned on me, rather than visiting, I should stay and develop my very own luxury fishing lodge.
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 fishing lodge where you can relax in wonderful surrounds, be pampered with unpretentious service, enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest food and wine, be guided by our fabulous team of fishing guides, 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 is within eyesight of the boundary of Kahurangi National Park means you can quickly and easily fly into another dozen or so stunning wilderness streams.
Experienced local fishing 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 fishing 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 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 fishing 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 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, genuine southern latitude, Kiwi hospitality.
Owner & General Manager