Attention, women: Our trout need you in April 2023!

May 24, 2022

By Felix Borenstein

Our trout need you in April 2023! - 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 2023 our trout will need you to land them, kiss them, and then let them go so they can swim off to make big, wily offspring. It’s a beautiful, sustainable thing.

Why April 2023?

Because we held our inaugural women-only, luxury fishing retreat in April 2021 and it was such a massive success, we’ve decided to do it again every year. Of course, you’re very welcome to come and stay with us any time in the fishing season if you wish, but in April 2023 we’re making it extra-special for our female guests.

What’s in it for you

Six nights and five days of an angling experience like no other in New Zealand, brought to you by a multi award-winning luxury lodge that will spoil you so rotten, the word “rotten” won’t even begin to cover it.

You’ll dine on exquisite cuisine and drink top-of-the-range Kiwi wines. You’ll have an indulgent massage.

You’ll learn how to cast or refine your technique with Kylie, New Zealand’s only female FFI-certified casting instructor.

Your days will be spent outside in the peace and quiet of a picturesque local river, accompanied by one of our friendly, Kiwi fishing guides.

You’ll also have time to roam through our extensive ornamental, vegetable and flower gardens. Indie the black lab will be more than happy to come with you.

At night, you’ll be treated to fly-tying demos and entomology lessons from our guides, who are hugely entertaining blokes. Maybe you’ll want to soak under the stars in the outdoor jacuzzi before returning to your luxurious accommodation and sleeping the sleep of deep contentment.

Maybe you’ll catch one or more of our wild brown trout. And maybe you’ll form lasting friendships with your angling sisters on the retreat and decide to do it all again in 2023!

Don’t miss out—places are filling fast

Our 2023 women-only luxury fly fishing retreat is already half booked out, so don’t delay—secure your place now and bask in the knowledge that you’ve got something totally awesome to look forward to in nine months’ time!
This retreat caters for all experience levels, ranging from Absolute Beginner to Female Fly Fishing Guru Wizard-Ninja. You’ll only have to bring a suitcase and your own wonderful self—we have the world’s largest collection of Simms and Sage top-of-the range loan angling gear, with loads of waders and boots in women’s sizes.

We’ll be at the airport to welcome you on your arrival, and we’ll take you back there at the end of your stay.


Never picked up a rod before in your life? The fish don’t care.
Tried trout fishing before but never had much success? The fish don’t care.
Worried that your bum looks big in waders? The fish don’t care!

We look forward to welcoming you in April ’23!

WHAT: Women-only luxury fly fishing retreat
WHEN: 22 > 28 April, 2023
WHERE: Owen River Lodge, New Zealand
COST: NZ $5,990 per person, twin share
INCLUDES: 6 nights accommodation (twin-share), all meals and house wines, 5 days of professional guided fishing, casting lessons, fly-tying sessions, one-hour massage and airport transfers to/from Nelson.

Covid 19 : If you’re unable to make a trip due to official government travel restrictions implemented because of the Covid-19 coronavirus, all payments will be credited to a future stay at Owen River Lodge. This credit will be valid for 24 months.

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Apr 23 2021

My partner and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at Owen River Lodge in April of this year (2021). What can I say. The lodge itself is a fantastic country style lodge with… Read more

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Mar 16 2020

The very best ! We just concluded our sixth visit to Owen River Lodge over the course of the last few years. On our last two trips to New Zealand we have stayed at ORL on two separate… Read more

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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