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Owen River Tavern & Motels

Kawatir Murchison Highway State highway 6, Murchison New Zealand
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#4 of 4 motels in Murchison
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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Welcome to Owen River Tavern & Motels, your Murchison “home away from home.” Owen River Tavern & Motels aims to make your visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible, which is why so many guests continue to come back year after year.

The rooms offer a refrigerator, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Owen River Tavern & Motels features room service, a picnic area, and a coffee shop. In addition, as a valued Owen River Tavern & Motels guest, you can enjoy a lounge that is available on-site. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

If you’re looking for a cafe, consider a visit to Beechwoods Cafe, Sweet Dreams French Bakery, or Rivers Cafe, which are all conveniently located a short distance from Owen River Tavern & Motels.

Owen River Tavern & Motels puts the best of Murchison at your fingertips, making your stay both relaxing and enjoyable.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Billiards
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Laundry service
Wifi
Paid wifi
Coffee shop
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Darts
Fishing
Picnic area
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Room service
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms

Location

Kawatir Murchison Highway State highway 6, Murchison New Zealand
Getting there
Westport Airport
72.8 km
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Nelson Airport
76.9 km
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Topcat wrote a review Nov 2020
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a pleasant surprise. After overdosing on burgers and chips for the last few days, we didn't expect to get really good sweet and sour pork, and wontons at a Nelson Lakes tavern.
Thanks Kim, and Mr. Kim, for making our trip!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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mikeauknz wrote a review Mar 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand8 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
So after finding Murchison booked out we were advised to continued to the Owen River Taven and Motel..Kim the owner was amazing about even taking our booking from the car,Kim greeted us at the property . The motel units was super fresh and clean and modern and faced the mountains and river. I suggest you push for the units facing the bush and river!!
It is a fun place to stay with a great hostess..Linda and myself say thanks..plus that we had to also return a day later to collect some items we left behind which Kim called to tell us.....lols..
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kathstaff wrote a review Nov 2016
Toowoomba, Australia29 contributions24 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped here over night after white water rafting in Murchison. Admittedly we thought it was closer to Murchison when I booked, however it is a good 20km out of town. When we first arrived we thought.. Oh dear what have I booked, but even though the Tavern looks old and the accommodation is in a small little block it's actually a really nice place and the owners are super friendly and very accommodating. The rooms are very clean with a big comfortable king size bed. The tavern provides a nice atmosphere with really good meals. I did feel the meals were a little over priced but they were delicious.you can hear the Owen River from the accommodation but you can not see it unless you go for a walk. Should I ever be going this way again I would definitely stay here.
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Date of stay: November 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hamish A wrote a review Nov 2019
Wakefield, United Kingdom15 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One night stop and we really enjoyed it. We used a Motel unit and it was very nice and comfy, great nights sleep. The 'Tavern' was great fun. Very friendly pair running it (Kim&John). Played darts and pool until we met some other guests from Australia and France, good laughs until it was time to eat. Then the best Chinese meal we've eaten in ages!
Thanks, if we ever come this way again, we'll be back!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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AdventurousHeart wrote a review Apr 2018
Virginia Beach, Virginia3 contributions4 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
This is an okay spot to camp or car camp, and there is a nearby river, but the small camp site bathroom was not very clean, and the staff was unfriendly and not very helpful.

Beware fallen tree branches around the trees in the flat camp site (where vehicles drive) since they can flip up and scratch/damage your vehicle.

There are a few curious sheep around.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jolyon O wrote a review Dec 2016
London, United Kingdom85 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Others have praised this place to stay. We agree. Kim was very kind and calming. The room at the back wasn't noisy despite the extra traffic on the highway. Bar meals were nicely cooked and the whole stay was enjoyable.
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Date of stay: December 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the cabin block likely to be quieter. WiFi available in the tavern.
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Bill G wrote a review Dec 2016
Sydney, Australia397 contributions46 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Just as publicised a unique old style country tavern with motel accommodation. The room was clean and functional, the sound of the river was the only real sound you could hear even though the Tavern is situated off the main Highway. The beds were comfortable and heating was effective. No cooking facilities in the rooms, however the Tavern provided freshly cooked meals. The short walk down to the river camping area adjacent to the Tavern is well worth taking. Overall a pleasant stay with friendly helpful hosts. There are a number of natural and historical features within easy driving distance from the Tavern to fill the days, and Murchison is just a short drive down the road. No wi-fi in Motel rooms but guests are welcome to use the wi- fi in the Tavern
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Date of stay: December 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TimMPerth wrote a review Jan 2015
Perth, Australia308 contributions165 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stopped in at the tavern for some cold beer and a feed after some time tramping and caving up nearby Mt Owen. A real great pub with excellent service and satisfying meals for reasonable prices. Plently of different meal choices ranging from burgers to Chinese food to mixed grills. Lots of interesting stuff to look at around this old pub as well.
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled with friends
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anna l wrote a review Mar 2014
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic spot a very lot of good memorys but didn't get to c dave searly is he still around ???? Great food especially the lamb, would of been great to go pig hunting but 4 got my boots venison was another great choice to sink your teeth into. Cheers Anna in OZ
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Date of stay: July 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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jeff_acklington wrote a review Mar 2014
Northumberland, United Kingdom196 contributions54 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked into Owen River when we could not get accommodation in Murchison due to the annual A & P show. The unit was clean, spacious and had a comfortable bed. Unfortunately, it is right next to State Highway 6 and the road noise is intrusive. The motel is isolated being some 20 mins from the nearest town of Murchison. The Tavern is co located with the motel units. The complex is owned by by expats from Hong Kong John and Kim Sui. They offer both Chinese and European meals which are good value. If you can get over the intrusive road noise then at $110 per night this is good value.
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Date of stay: February 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Try and get one as far from highway as possible.
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JOHN B wrote a tip Jun 2019
Cambridge, New Zealand187 contributions42 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book else where..."
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jenfrankmiller wrote a tip Apr 2019
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Only 6 motel units separate from hotel & back from road - little traffic especially at night. Can't imagine any rooms being noisy."
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Denis F wrote a tip Nov 2018
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Biggest bathroom ever"
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Jolyon O wrote a tip Dec 2016
London, United Kingdom85 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms at the back of the cabin block likely to be quieter. WiFi available in the tavern."
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Jungletide wrote a tip Feb 2016
Kandy, Sri Lanka181 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room at the rear of the block - less road noise."
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PRICE RANGE
$169 - $201 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandNelson-Tasman RegionMurchison
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Owen River Tavern & Motels?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Owen River Tavern & Motels?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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