Eleven Acquires Owen River Lodge

Eleven continues the lodge’s 20-year legacy as a premier destination for New Zealand brown trout fly fishing. Learn more.

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Owen River Lodge

New Zealand’s finest luxury fishing lodge

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The lodge is located within eyesight of one of New Zealand’s largest national parks - Kahurangi national park

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

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

My name is Felix Borenstein; I am the founder of Owen River Lodge and I am excited to announce that beginning this season, Owen River Lodge will be operating under new ownership by Eleven.

As a respected leader in the fly fishing and adventure space, Eleven brings trusted expertise to our operation, as well as the entirety of the guest experience. We are so pleased to put our lodge into the hands of Eleven, whose fly fishing programs all over the world, especially their South Island destination Cedar Lodge, make them the perfect steward of Owen River Lodge. I highly recommend reading their new magazine The Drift, by Eleven Angling to learn more.

Myself, our team, and Eleven are all focused on preserving Owen River Lodge’s 20-year legacy. Owen River Lodge is a multi award winning, stylish fishing lodge where you can relax in wonderful surroundings, be pampered with unpretentious service, enjoy some of New Zealand’s finest food and wine, be guided by our professional team of fishing guides, and do as much or as little as you wish.

Owen River lodge is set between three South Island fishing regions, it accesses almost 30 brown trout fisheries, and welcomes you home to a riverside setting with kiwi-style hospitality and a farm-to-table menu.

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.

Felix Borenstein

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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: fish@elevenangling.com