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Eleven Owen River Lodge

173 Owen Valley East Road, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
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Owen River Lodge is New Zealand's finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge. Luxurious, warm and inviting ambiance. Stylish, understated accommodation located right on the Owen River in the South Island of New Zealand. Come and enjoy the stunning food, superb service and outstanding fishing.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
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Fishing
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Non-smoking hotel
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5.0 of 5 stars
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River View

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173 Owen Valley East Road, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
Eleven Owen River Lodge
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Westport Airport
73.6 km
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Nelson Airport
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wineloversandimas wrote a review Dec 2022
San Dimas, California45 contributions60 helpful votes
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This is an awesome lodge , probably the best I have ever stayed and I have traveled the world. We loved the food, which is amazing, the setting, our accommodation, and the fishing guides excellent.! Our room had an excellent view, beautiful flowers and amenities! They provided drinks and snacks in the room, loved the cookies, and chocolates at bedtime. The owner's attention to details unparalleled and staff available for any questions or suggestions. Fishing guides very patient and helpful. The gear excellent and we had an amazing time! Thank you Felix and staff!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 8 Dec 2022
Thank you for your wonderful review Evelyn. It was a delight to have you & Vicki stay & fish with us recently. We all hope to see you @ our Luxury Women's only fly fishing retreat next season
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Joel Gardiner wrote a review Dec 2022
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I've fished for trout for years and decided I wanted to give fly fishing a go. Searched for the most well renowned lodge on the south island and struck gold! The entire team at ORL make you feel so welcome. Their attention to detail is unrivalled. What owners Felix and Kylie have created is absolutely magical. All meals and beverages were of the highest class, and the team's ability to bring everyone together at the end of the day to share a meal and stories of the day gave it a very family feeling atmosphere. The fishing somehow managed to exceed expectations. The rivers, fish and guides are first class. A special thank you to my guide Adam. HIs patience, knowledge and ability to draw the best out of a complete novice was incredible. A genuinely top bloke to spend 3
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 5 Dec 2022
Thank you Joel - I am a lucky lodge owner to have assembled a wonderful team of fishing guides, chefs, wait staff and housekeepers who love what they do. Thank you for your glowing review - I am almost blushing !!
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MG440 wrote a review Nov 2022
Port Fairy, Australia47 contributions64 helpful votes
I can’t add anything to the many glowing comments about staying at Owen River Lodge and fishing the local streams. I endorse them all. But the dining experience deserves special mention. What a pleasure it is to sit at Felix and Kylie’s table. Glassware, cutlery, crockery and linens are all excellent without being flamboyant. The place settings are stylish and uncluttered. The diner is immediately in a good frame of mind and ready for lively and intelligent conversation. Almost unnoticed is the careful attention to spacing between guests, the comfortable chairs, lighting, views, table decor and many other small but significant details. Then there is the food and wine. Almost all of it seems to be locally sourced and it’s as fresh and tasty as anything you’d find anywhere on the
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 5 Dec 2022
WoW - what can I say - but thank you Marshall !! Hope to see you here again next season
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917waynen wrote a review May 2022
Cambridge, New Zealand21 contributions1 helpful vote
After a two year holiday hiatus, escaping to Owen River Lodge was simply brilliant! Felix, Kylie, Ryan and Jo looked after us so well and treated us like friends rather than guests. The food was exquisite and beautifully presented - barista coffee in the morning was a god send and dining each night with Felix and Kylie was a delight and a laugh. I am a reasonably proficient fly fisher and my wife a novice and Chris our guide was able to meet both our needs and we both caught fish. I was also lucky enough to have a real back country fishing experience with Chris and it was simply brilliant. We can highly recommend a stay and fish at Owen River Lodge to relax, enjoy great food and wine, and get out on a river fishing for big brown trout! We hope to get back soon.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 18 May 2022
Hi Wayne, I realise how busy you are and am very thankful you took the time to write such a glowing review . We all look forward to you & Cheryl's return
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Sheryl M wrote a review Apr 2022
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A truly fantastic getaway for those who love anything about fly fishing, great value and totally worth the cost, the guides are very skilled and able to put you on the fish, right through to landing them, there's activities for non fishing folk too
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 18 May 2022
Thank you for coming along to our Luxury women's fly fishing retreat Sheryl. It was wonderful to meet you and see a group of women having so much fun !
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Stu H wrote a review Mar 2022
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Felix, Kylie, Ryan and Chris did a fantastic job looking after us. Lodge is in a perfect spot, great accommodation, food to die for and excellent fishing with Chris. Highly recommended to those who are expert or, like us, beginner fly fishers for brown trout. Picturesque scenery and nice people.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 18 May 2022
We were very fortunate that so many kiwi's decided to come and learn how to fly fish. Thank you for taking the time to write your review - its very much appreciated
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Leanne R wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland, New Zealand86 contributions52 helpful votes
Owen River was a welcome break from Covid at the end of 2021. My previous experience' on the water', was three days, so l was looking forward to fishing in the Upper South Island. Felix is a relaxed host with a good sense of humour. Kylie has a calm demeanor and her previous experience as a teacher showed, during a casting lesson on the day we arrived. We enjoyed drinks and nibbles at the bar, then Chef Ryan cooked up beautiful evening meals. Using the Lodge's equipment made things easy. Felix has quality Fly Fishing gear, that was clean and well maintained. Paul was my Guide for both days. His 32 years experience showed. We hooked 13 fish and landed 8 on the first day. The browns were more illusive the second day, but managed to land a couple good sized, after losing a few. I
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Responded 18 May 2022
Thank you Peter, it was a delight to meet you & Leanne. I appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review. The ORL team and I look forward to seeing you here again next season.
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Joanna N wrote a review Dec 2021
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We had the pleasure to attend the first "learn to fly fish" weekend at Owen River Lodge - what a brilliant thing to do. Kylie is a qualified fly casting instructor and has the patience of a saint! Her skills will have you catching trout in no time - I can attest to that; I was an absolute beginner and I landed a nice 5 pounder!! Felix and Kylie are wonderful hosts and the accommodation, food and outdoor environment are top notch and suited us extremely well. From the moment we arrived until we left, we were so well taken care of, we barely had to think for ourselves! We were teamed up with Adam who showed us some amazing fishing spots, was generous with his knowledge and provided us with lifelong tips and tricks. This is definitely an experience that we intend to repeat.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 13 Dec 2021
Thank you Jo for coming along to our Learn to Fly Fish weekend , it was great to meet you & Sam ! And thank you for writing such a glowing review and for landing that magnificent 5lb wild New Zealand brown trout
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Dan wrote a review Dec 2021
Wellington, New Zealand13 contributions
We stayed at Owen River Lodge for a ‘Learn to Fly Fish’ weekend and it was a truly amazing experience! Felix and Kylie are wonderful hosts who make sure you’re completely looked after throughout your stay. The lodge is beautifully appointed on the river, and I can’t speak highly enough of the luxury accommodation and exquisite meals. We were paired with Chris, who was our fishing guide for the weekend. Not only did he share his amazing knowledge but he also gave me hundreds of tips and tricks to keep working on. This is not only a great hobby, but an experience you will treasure for years to come! I can’t wait to come and stay again!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 13 Dec 2021
Thank you Dan for your very kind words. I was delighted with the guest feedback re our Learn to Fly fish weekend and will be making it a regular feature of the Owen River Lodge program.
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Happy Fisherman wrote a review Nov 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand9 contributions
My brother and I had an amazing weekend learning to fly fish at Owen River Lodge. Hosts Felix and Kylie catered to our every need and some! Fabulous food, service, accommodation and company. Lots of laughs and sharing of stories at the dinner table. The fishing guides were so helpful and willing to share their years of knowledge with us. Our guide Paul looked after us old fellows so well and put us onto some great trout. A wonderful stay and worth every cent. Thanks Felix and Kylie for making our stay perfect in every way!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 13 Dec 2021
Sharing time with your brother and learning to fly fish - what a combination ! Thank you for taking the time to write a review - the team and I hope to see the brothers Robinson again soon !
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