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Owen River Lodge

Owen River Lodge is a 5 star boutique fly fishing lodge right on the banks of the Owen River with accommodation just a stroll away in individual high-quality cottages. It was recently rated the number 1 specialty lodging provider in the South Island by Trip Advisor.

The lodge offers you a private retreat with relaxed, highly professional, understated service and wonderful food in stylish surrounds.  Fly fishing guides are available to help make the most of your time.

Winner of five awards of excellence for the past 5 years from Trip Advisor.

Early season special

Get one night’s free accommodation and meals with Owen River Lodge's very popular stay for 5 and pay for 4 early season package.

This package includes: 5 nights accommodation, 3 days guided fly fishing, all meals, including cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and 4 course gourmet evening meal each day, house wine and beer and use of all fly fishing gear. See more>>>


Felix Borenstein


Owen River Lodge
Owen Valley East Road

Contact details

Phone: +64 3 523 9075
Fax +64 3 523 9076

Email: enquiries@owenriverlodge.co.nz

Web: www.owenriverlodge.co.nz

Facebook: OwenRiverLodge
Local fishing waters

Easy access to the Nelson/ Marlborough and West Coast fisheries including the:

Owen River
Buller River and its tributaries

Matakitaki River

Maruia River

D'Urville River

Sabine River

And heli-fishing on the:

Karamea River

Mokihinui River

Crow River


Owen River Lodge is marked on the Owen River map and the upper Buller River map.

It is located 2 kilometres down a country lane off State Highway 6, (opposite the Owen River Tavern), 15 minutes north of Murchison and 75 minutes drive from Nelson.  See the Owen River Lodge website for a map and directions.


Situated in the Owen Valley in a garden setting, the lodge and each cottage overlooks the Owen River with the Mt Owen ranges soaring beyond. The cottages enjoy stunning views of the river, the valley and the mountains and are just a short stroll from the lodge bar and dining room.

Accommodation features

The Lodge

The lodge provides:

  • Two lounges, a bar, dining room
  • Outdoor dining on the deck
  • Broadband Internet access
  • 5 person jacuzzi/spa pool
  • Dedicated massage and beauty therapy room

The Cottages

The six spacious luxuriously-appointed cottages:

  • Accommodate up to 12 guests in total
  • Feature timber which is accentuated by exposed beam ceilings
  • Provide the option of a king-size double bed or twin king-size single beds
  • Spacious verandas with outdoor seating where you can read or simply soak up the view
  • Each en suite bathroom is equipped with oversized towels, a hairdryer, shampoo and conditioner
  • Each cottage is equipped with a reverse cycle air conditioner, ironing facilities, an alarm clock, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Guided fishing options

The services of some of New Zealand’s most experienced, knowledgeable and friendly fly fishing guides are available to you at Owen River Lodge.  You can choose to use a guide for some, all, or none of your time at the lodge.

Or arrangements can be made for you to heli-fish. Helicopter in and access countless kilometers of wilderness rivers and crystal clear mountain streams.  The types of chopper used are capable of taking up to either 4 or 6 passengers.

Fly fishing gear

What to bring

For a checklist of gear to bring with you see the Owen River Lodge website.

Loan equipment

The lodge has a selection of brand new fly fishing equipment for guests to use free of charge including Simms boots, waders and jackets, and Sage rod and reels.

Equipment for sale

The lodge also has a good selection of flies, tippet material, leaders, fly lines and polarised sun glasses for sale.

Casting for Recovery Owen River Lodge sponsors the Casting for Recovery programme.
TripAdvisor reviews

For five years in a row, Owen River Lodge has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.

Read TripAdvisor reviews

Trip Advisor

Indicative tariffs
as at 1 May 2014

Owen River Lodge's tariff includes:

  • All meals
  • The use of all lodge facilities, including loan fly fishing equipment, waders, boots and mountain bikes
  • Accommodation in one of the guest cottage suites

Two people: NZ $595 per person per night (including GST)
One person: NZ $795 per night (including GST)


See the full range of tariffs and specials.

Indicative prices as at 1 May 2014

The rate for guided fishing is NZ$755 per guide per day. Our guides can take one or two anglers. The cost includes GST, flies and transport, but does not include a fishing licence. We can arrange a licence for you when you arrive.


"Cast just to the right of that rock"


You can secure your reservation by providing a 25% deposit. Owen River Lodge takes Visa, MasterCard and Diners Club.

Cancellation policy

Owen River Lodge is a small boutique fishing lodge and cancellations affect us greatly.

If your reservation is cancelled, a percentage of the accommodation and guiding fees is charged:

  • Cancellation within 90 days of arrival: 25%
  • Cancellation within 60 days of arrival: 50%
  • Cancellation within 45 days of arrival: 75%
  • Cancellation within 30 days of arrival: 100%

Naturally we will endeavour to re-book the cottage and/or guide and if this is successful we will refund your deposit.


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