Owen River Lodge, New Zealand 2015 or 2016

The streams on the north of New Zealand's south island make gin look positively murky.

The streams on the north of New Zealand’s south island make gin look positively murky.

Introducing Owen River Lodge

Owen River Lodge is the manifestation of my good mate, Felix Borenstein’s passion for catching trout on fly. After extensive fishing throughout New Zealand, he built the Lodge in the picturesque countryside of the Murchison/Nelson Lakes region of the South Island, believing he’d found the best sighted brown trout fishery in the world.


Felix Borenstein shows that it was more than idyllic scenery that determined the location of his lodge.

Felix Borenstein shows that it was more than idyllic scenery that determined the location of his lodge.


Big, wild brown trout are what this part of the world is all about.

This special location affords us an enormous choice and variety of rivers, streams and lakes to fish, with over 25 rivers and streams accessible within a 90 minute drive!

If this isn’t enough, the Lodge’s position right on the boundary of Kahurangi National Park means you can quickly and easily chopper into another dozen or so stunning wilderness streams.




Experienced Local Guides

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Owen River Lodge has developed one of New Zealand’s most experienced guiding teams, comprised totally of Kiwis who all live locally and are members of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association. With their assistance, a day on the river is full of action, excitement and generally a lot of laughter!




The Lodge That Felix Built

Owen River Lodge is a 5-star fishing lodge alongside the Owen River, Nelson Region near Murchison, South Island, New Zealand

Dinner time promises to be something worth coming “home” to.

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My wife, Jo, is looking forward to this after a day of walking the streams, hiking the banks and battling those bucks.


It was Felix’ desire to create a luxurious fishing lodge that delivered a relaxed, understated and highly professional level of service in stylish surrounds, serving wonderful food to anglers and non-anglers alike. The elegantly-designed guest accommodation cottage suites are full of sunlight and offer amazing views of the river, the Owen Ranges and Kahurangi National Park. This Lodge easily meets the “Starling Requirement” of comfort, being as excellent as the fishing experience.


The Fishery

Owen River Lodge’s premium location gives us  access to numerous blue ribbon streams and rivers, with over 30 rivers and streams accessible by road (most within 1 hours drive).
The following rivers are those most likely to feature in our trip (without using a helicopter): Baton, Branch, Buller, D’Urville, Gowan, Goulter, Grey, Inangahua, Leatham,  Mangles,  Matiri, Matakitaki, Maruia, Motueka, Motupiko, Owen, Riwaka, Rolling, Sabine, Travers, Wangapeka, Waimea, Woolley and Wairau.

Additionally, we could helicopter into the following rivers (additional pricing would need to be discussed): Branch (upper), Crow, Deepdale, Goulter (Upper), Johnson, Karamea, Leslie, Venus, Roaring Lion and Mohikinui.


Gollum was a little less refined in his fishing style, but no-one can deny that he chose some spectacular water!

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Six Night Fly Fishing Package


Enjoy 6 nights of 5 star accommodation, all meals (a three course dinner, cooked English breakfast and picnic lunch daily), use of top quality fly fishing equipment and 5 days of expert guiding with one of the Lodge’s senior fly fishing guides. Accommodation is on a twin-share basis & we all share the guide.


We are looking at two time periods at the moment, with the one that proves most popular with interested bods being the one we’ll book. The time slots are November 2015 or March 2016. The email form to express interest will let you nominate which time suits you best and we will work with the travel group to lock in best dates. Naturally, there will be a cut-off time for bookings… we’ll let you know once we are told.


NZ $5,450 per person

* Includes accommodation, guided fishing, loan fly fishing gear, GST and use of Lodge facilities. This price does not include fishing licences, alcohol, airfares or airport transfers.

Booking & Cancellation Policy To secure your booking we require a deposit of 50% of the accommodation & guiding tariff – We accept Visa, MasterCard & Diners Club.

Owen River Lodge is a small boutique lodge and cancellations affect us greatly. If your reservation is cancelled within 90 Days of arrival there will be a charge of 25% of the accommodation & guiding. Within 60 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 50% Within 45 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 75% Within 30 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 100% We strongly advise guests to take out travel insurance to protect themselves against unexpected changes to their travel plans.

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I WANT TO REGISTER MY INTEREST!Click the link at left to go to the email form and register your interest.