The Team at Owen River Lodge

We’re proud of our lodge and facilities but we never lose sight of the fact that without people, it’s just a collection of buildings (albeit very nice ones!). Only people can breathe life into infrastructure and transform it into something meaningful and rich. Owen River Lodge is fortunate to have a special team that does just that, each and every day.

There’s a type of magic that can only happen when you find the right group of committed people. Our team started with an ordinary Kiwi country farmhouse and transformed it into one of the world’s great fishing lodges. These folks are the essence of Owen River Lodge and we’d like to introduce them to you.

Ryan

This is Ryan’s ninth season as head chef at Owen River Lodge. He’s an innovative chef who loves cooking with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Check out TripAdvisor to hear about his fabulous food.

Ryan

Jo

Jo is our talented weekend chef, who has been cooking in luxury fishing lodges for over 20 years. Jo joined Owen River Lodge in 2012 and is an avid horse rider who loves painting (oils) and downhill skiing.

Jo

Kylie

This is Kylie’s third season at Owen River Lodge, Kylie helps Felix run the lodge and is our FFI certified casting instructor.

Kylie

Felix

Felix owns Owen River Lodge and aspires to develop it into one of the world’s great fishing lodges. Help him achieve his quest by staying with us and telling us what we can do better.

Felix

Sharna

Sharna, a kiwi fly fisher from the Taranaki, joined our team of merry fishers in October 2018 after working a couple seasons in an Alaskan fishing lodge. Sharna is our hostess.

Sharna

The Housekeeping team

Our housekeeping team :Michelle, Janice, Leigh and Sue do an amazing job of keeping the lodge and guest rooms pristine and smart. Their attention to detail ensures our guest rooms and lodge look brand new every day!

The Housekeeping team

Fishing Guides

Our fishing guides have their own page here:

Fishing Guides

Apr 15 2018

I’ve had the pleasure of staying at Owen River Lodge 5 times now and my sixth is only 8 months away. Every aspect of these trips to South Island NZ are the best of everything.… Read more

John; Canberra : Google review

May 2 2018

We are planning our 7th trip to ORL! Felix and staff have become dear friends, and we count down to our trip each year! The accommodations are first class, the food top notch,… Read more

Katie; Texas USA : Google review

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