Recent news & Articles

Learn to Fly Fish School is back in March 2022 !

December 04, 2021

We promised the 10 newbie anglers who attended our inaugural Learn to Fly Fish School in November that it would be “cool as hell”—and it seems they agreed. Dan certainly liked it. Here’s a snippet from his Read more

ORL wins two international travel awards—with borders closed.

October 19, 2021

When you look after people, they look after you We limped through last season. Now, as we stare down the double barrel of still not knowing when our international borders will reopen and the possibility of Level 3 lockdown restrictions continuing for our biggest domestic market, we’re realising there’s a chance this one… Read more

Learn to fly fish like a pro at Owen River Lodge’s Fly Fishing school

September 20, 2021

Here’s a quick survey with only one question: Why are you interested in fly fishing? A. You like wearing waders. B. You enjoy standing in rivers for hours and then going home. C. You dream of making the perfect cast; catching a fast, fat, wily trout; getting your photo taken with it to show off to your… Read more

Owen River Lodge is the world’s first Carbon Positive fishing lodge!

August 10, 2021

Owen River Lodge is the world’s first Carbon Positive fishing lodge! We’re pretty sure of this—we weren’t able to find any others—but we’ll happily stand corrected if we’re wrong. As far as we’re concerned, the more Carbon Positive luxury fishing lodges in the world, the better. All the certifications we hold… Read more

Owen River Lodge wins at the Qualmark Awards

August 04, 2021

We’ve made history! Following last week’s win at the 2021 Qualmark Awards, Owen River Lodge is now the most-awarded fishing lodge in New Zealand. Qualmark certification is no pushover. The requirements, particularly for the Luxury Lodge and Gold Sustainable Tourism accreditations we hold, are stringent. And the competition… Read more

Attention, women: Our trout need you in April 2022!

July 10, 2021

Our trout need you in April 2022! - to catch them, that is. To show them who’s boss. To teach them a lesson because they probably evaded other anglers all season and grew fat and complacent. In April 2022 our trout will need you to land them, kiss them, and then let them go so they can swim off to make big,… Read more

A review of the season that was 2020_21

May 15, 2021

Wow, what a ride! The past 15 months have been one hell of a journey, for me as well as for most of you, I bet. I always try and seek out the good in every event—perhaps I’m just naturally optimistic—but this one’s been the biggest test ever. About this time last year we faced the great unknown and a new adversary: a… Read more

New Zealand’s first “Women Only” luxury fly fishing retreat

April 30, 2021

On 8–14 April 2021, Owen River Lodge hosted our inaugural luxury fly fishing retreat exclusively for women. What’s more, this event was the first of its kind in New Zealand. The first in the country. We can’t believe that no-one else here had even considered such a thing. As if women aren’t interested in catching big,… Read more

May Santa bring you a fishing trip to ORL in 2021!

December 23, 2020

Merry Christmas and a big welcome to 2021 When it comes to wrapping up 2020, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? We all know it’s been one hell of a year. For some, it’s been tragic. You don’t need me adding to all the noise. So let’s not go there. Let’s look forward to the time—and it’s… Read more

ORL Women only luxury fly fishing retreat - April 2021

December 01, 2020

Last April, our scheduled luxury women’s only fly fishing retreat was cancelled due to Corona virus. The good news is its on again this coming April ! In April 2021 we’re hosting a six night/five day luxury fly fishing retreat exclusively for women anglers. We are the only accredited luxury lodge in New Zealand offering… Read more

Three Murchison Accommodation Experiences At Owen River Lodge

November 22, 2020

Make no mistake about it, Covid 19 has absolutely changed the way we look at the kiwi holiday in New Zealand. With New Zealand travel restrictions likely to stay in place for at least a few months to come, your traditional holiday park is likely to be booked out and accommodation in Murchison, Nelson and the Tasman region… Read more

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

October 26, 2020

For the last seven years, we’ve been opening the doors of Owen River Lodge to groups of breast cancer survivors and hosting a weekend of authentic five-star treatment. We run these retreats in partnership with breast cancer charity Casting For Recovery, and work hard to make them a heady mix of fine dining, pampering sessions… Read more

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

October 07, 2020

Second in New Zealand; fifth overall in Australia and the South Pacific—the results are in for Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards and Owen River Lodge is a winner! The category we’ve won in—Read more

Special Kiwi Fly Fishing Rates

September 14, 2020

Owen River Lodge has a world wide reputation for excellence, however we don’t have as high a profile in New Zealand, our overseas guests tend to book a year or two in advance and with 50% of our guests having stayed with us before, we are usually (thankfully) fully booked. As a result of New Zealand’s borders being closed,… Read more

Special Kiwi Package Rates

August 19, 2020

This is little doubt that we are all living in extraordinary times, rather than being all doom and gloom we’ve grabbed the opportunity of introducing more Kiwi’s to Owen River Lodge. Owen River Lodge has a world wide reputation for excellence, however we don’t have as high a profile in New Zealand, our overseas guests… Read more

May 11 2021

The New Zealand Herald, New Zealand’s largest circulating daily newspaper has a weekly travel magazine in which Owen River Lodge was featured

NZ Herald Travel Magazine 11 May 2021

Jan 19 2020

Sunny Summer Sweetness at Owen River Lodge! My husband and I enjoyed a three night, two day visit recently at ORL. We are repeat visitors and it just….keeps…..getting…..better!… Read more

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