Owen River Lodge has quickly become one of New Zealand’s top trout fishing lodges in terms of fishing and luxury accommodations since it open in November 2003. Owen River Lodge is located on New Zealand’s South Island, near Murchison, in the Nelson Lakes area. The location of the lodge was strategically chosen to allow guests to fish more than 30 of the South Island’s top trout rivers and streams in the Nelson and West Coast fisheries, generally without needing to drive for more than a hour. The trout fishing water is varied from small intimate rivers like the Owen River to iconic freestone rivers such as the Wairau. In addition to the trout water accessible by road, Owen River Lodge offers access to countless numbers of remote rivers and mountain streams, which are accessible only by Helicopter.
Trout fishing on New Zealand’s South Island is primarily done by sight fishing and is well known as a trophy brown trout fishery. The average trout size an angler can expect at Owen River Lodge ranges from 3lb to 6lb and each season guests land browns in the 10 lb class. In most of the rivers Owen River Lodge guest fish, anglers must spot, stalk, and present a fly to these large trout before the trout sees the angler. Owen River Lodge has assembled a world-class guiding roster to assist both experienced and novice fly fishers catch large brown trout in gin-clear water.
Owen River Lodge is comprised of the main lodge building and 6 individual luxurious guest cottages on a beautiful 16-acres. The grounds are filled with organic herb and vegetable gardens, almost a mile of river frontage on the Owen River, and sensational views of the Owen River Valley, Mount Owen & the
Kahurangi National Park. The main lodge contains the dining room, the lounge and sitting rooms, the lodge shop, fly tying area and the bar. The lodge is equipped with a TV/Video Player and DVD player as well as a Notebook PC for you to check e-mails etc. The Internet connection is over a WiFi wireless network with satellite delivered broadband.
A maximum of 12 guests per week are accommodated in 6 separate luxuriously appointed cottages, located in the gardens, just a short distance from the main lodge building. Owner/Manager Felix Borenstein selected the garden location and built the cabins to ensure the highest levels of privacy for guests of Owen River Lodge. Each guest cabin has comfortable king-sized beds, reverse cycle air conditioning, an electronic safe, ironing facilities, alarm clock, complimentary stocked mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities and en suite bathrooms stocked with oversized towels, bathrobes, a hairdryer and, of course, shower gels, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner. Each cottage features original Australasian artwork and 100-year-old recycled Oregon beams and woodwork. The spacious interior utilizes high cathedral style ceilings and large windows to emphasize light and space. Each cottage features a large veranda, which is a great place to relax after a day of trout fishing or just relax and enjoy the view of the river, the valley and the mountains with the sounds of the Owen River passing by.
Owen River Lodge is first and foremost a fly fishing destination, however, there is also an endless supply of “non fishing” activities to do around the lodge, the local area and the greater Nelson / Marlborough region. Fishing guests at Owen River Lodge can rest assured that their non-fishing partners will have a sensational time. Non-fishing activities range from relaxing in the 4-person
Jacuzzi or massage to local hikes, horseback or mountain bike rides, or tours of New Zealand’s farms, vineyards or a trip to Nelson.
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Owen River Lodge 2020 – 2021 Rates
Per Person, Double Occupancy, Shared Twin
Oct. 1 – Dec. 6, 2020
Dec. 7 – Mar. 21, 2021
Mar. 21 – Apr. 30, 2021
|4 Night / 3 Day Guided Fishing
|5 Night / 4 Day Guided Fishing
|6 Night / 5 Day Guided Fishing
|7 Night / 6 Day Guided Fishing
Please Note: All rates are subject to change without notice. The rates are also subject to current exchange rate. Pricing for individual nights accommodations and fishing days is available upon request.
Package Rates Include: All meals; accommodations in a cottage suite; daily guided fishing; non-alcoholic beverages; use of all lodge facilities (including the use of fly fishing equipment, waders, boots, mountain bikes etc); Transportation to fishing (excluding helifishing); GST.
Package Rates do not Include: International airfare; Transfers to the Owen River Lodge (Cost to/from Nelson Airport); New Zealand fishing license; alcoholic beverages; gratuities; purchases from the Lodge Shop; Helifishing; Personal Items.
Due to New Zealand’s strict policy regarding the banning of felt soled wading boots, Owen River Lodge includes use of the lodges’ stock of Simms Guide Gore-Tex waders (men’s and woman’s sizes), Simms Guide wading boots (sizes 5 – 14), and Simms Gore-Tex wading jackets at no additional cost. Owen River Lodge is also happy to provide anglers with any of the fishing gear you may need. In addition to waders, boots, and jackets, the lodge has Sage rods, Sage reels and Waterworks-Lamson reels available to guests at no additional charge. Since supplies and sizes are limited, guests who are planning to use Owen River’s equipment should make a request for the sizes or tackle desired to ensure that it will be available.