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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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173 Owen Valley East Road, Murchison 7077 New Zealand
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ardenmac wrote a review Oct 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
In the beautiful, tranquil surrounds of the Owen river valley, our Casting for recovery group was generously hosted by Felix and Kylie.
The cottage room was spacious, the bed was so comfy and the bathroom was spacious and well designed. In the main lodge, the lounge is comfortable and ideal for smaller groups. The dining area enjoys panoramic views and seated us all together. The gardens are lush, beautiful and informal. The spa- private and idyllic in its quiet surrounds. The care and attention we received was amazing and the food was divine.
Thank you for the ‘take home’ beautiful flowers Kiely. Thank you Felix for a very special experience. What a location to discover the pleasures/ challenges of fly fishing!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 13 Oct 2020
I am humbled that so many of last weekends participants of the Casting for Recovery have taken the time to write such wonderful reviews. So its I that should be thanking you !
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UKLion wrote a review Nov 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand46 contributions4 helpful votes
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The lodge was as described providing excellent accommodation in spacious rooms which were well fitted and comfortable. The gardens and setting of the lodge is fantastic and we enjoyed the early summer flowers in the gardens which were well kept.

Kylie and Felix are wonderful hosts who have a thoughtful but fun approach to hosting complimented by wonderful food and a great selection of local wines. It is the detail that sets the lodge apart and the personality of the hosts that we felt made the real difference.

The fishing was excellent with so many different locations to consider so that almost all weather conditions were covered. We enjoyed a guide for 3 days who was thoughtful and caring and really made the whole experience memorable.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 13 Dec 2021
The team at Owen River Lodge love what we do and spending time with such wonderful guests - thank you for taking time to write a report of your stay
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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 days fishing with. Thanks to everyone at ORL for making a simple tradesman from Melbourne feel very special during his stay. Look no further than ORL for your next fly fishing adventure.
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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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917waynen wrote a review May 2022
Cambridge, New Zealand21 contributions1 helpful vote
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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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katiepie25 wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand12 contributions
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Wow, what an amazing stay we had at Owen River Lodge! Felix and Kylie are fantastic hosts, nothing is too much trouble and Ryan's cuisine is divine!

I would definitely spend 3 nights here even if I wasn't fishing. The location is idyllic - river, farm, native bush, flower gardens. There is also plenty to do aside from fishing - walks, swimming in the water hole, soaking in the jacuzzi, having a relaxing massage and reading books on the porch. St Arnaud and stunning Lake Rotoiti are also nearby.

Our fishing guide, Chris, was super helpful and knowledgeable. The fish on this occasion were very spooky, but Chris' expertise got us onto some good size browns and we had several shots (including a good hook up!) at some nice trout in beautiful surroundings.

Thank you Felix and team for a wonderful escape. We would love to stay again.
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 4 Feb 2021
Thank you for your very kind words Kate. It was a delight to meet you & Steve, the team and I look forward to your return visit. The wild brown trout will be waiting and hopefully a little more willing !
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James Macd wrote a review Oct 2021
Ruby Bay, New Zealand13 contributions3 helpful votes
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The Owen River Lodge advertises itself as “New Zealand’s finest luxury fishing lodge” and lives up to its promise in spades. Felix and Kylie are gracious and superb hosts. The lodge and the accomodation are luxurious and very clean. In the kitchen, Ryan is a creative master with an eye for detail; even the packed lunches were excellent. We were guided by Stefano who worked extremely diligently on our behalf to put us onto several fish each day; the hardest choice was which river to fish - there are over a couple of dozen to choose from within an hour and a half drive from the lodge.

The first fish (4.5 lbs) was caught on the second cast on opening day; all fish caught over the the three days were larger than this. I even caught one on a dry fly on opening day (this has never happened to me before). Stefano attended closely to our safety at all times.

All in all a well-deserved 5 out 5 score; I’ll be back!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 10 Oct 2021
Thank you James for staying with us and writing such a lovely review ! It was a delight to meet you & Richard and we all hope to see you here again soon
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Nina G wrote a review Nov 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions6 helpful votes
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A bucket list adventure superbly fulfilled by Felix, Kylie and their highly skilled team. From the guided river expeditions to the evening refreshments, excellent meals and camaraderie, we couldn’t have asked for more. Added to this, these novices even managed to net a trout or two - thanks to expert tutoring and dedicated guides! Thank you!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 5 Nov 2021
Thank you Nina - I'm delighted you had a good time and hope to see the four of you again soon
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Leanne R wrote a review Feb 2022
Auckland, New Zealand86 contributions52 helpful votes
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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 appreciated Paul's systematic approach to catching fish. His techniques worked, the results above can be attributed to him.
The best take out from the stay was that I left a better Fly Fisherman than when I arrived. The scenery superb and fun was had. We loved falling asleep to and waking up to the sound of Owen River.
One of Life's great experiences.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
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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Dan wrote a review Dec 2021
Wellington, New Zealand13 contributions
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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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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
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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James J wrote a review Mar 2023
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania23 contributions29 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you love fly fishing and you’ve dreamed of site fishing for Brown Trout in New Zealand this is the place to stay. Not the only great lodge in NZ but if you like a small intimate place to stay with impeccable accommodations and exquisite food I can’t think of a better place to stay. Such a unique experience sitting around the breakfast or dinner table with 8 or 10 of your fellow guests, who are usually all fly fishermen and women, talking about their experiences of the day or places they’ve traveled to around the world you just can’t beat it. Felix and his wife, along with their entire staff treat you more like valued old friends than clients. All their guides are top notch and you’ll enjoy going to a different river in a different direction every day, or better yet, I’d highly recommend a helicopter flight into the national park. Worth every penny. If you’re a spouse of a fly fishermen you’ll still love the peaceful setting and grounds of this great lodge.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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Response from Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge
Responded 11 Apr 2023
WoW, what can I say apart from thank you James ! I'm delighted you enjoyed yourself at my wee lodge, thank you for your very kind review ! Hope to see you here again next season
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Murchison, New Zealand16 contributions15 helpful votes
The cost for a non fishing guided day is NZ $845 per guide , per day
Greg2425 wrote a tip Apr 2023
San Francisco, California87 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you get a chance to take the helicopter, do it without hesitation."
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James J wrote a tip Mar 2023
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania23 contributions29 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared for the sand flies. Cover your legs and arms and make sure you have high concentration deet based repellent handy."
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wineloversandimas wrote a tip Dec 2022
San Dimas, California45 contributions60 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do a helicopter fly out fishing"
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Adventurer252350 wrote a tip Nov 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are identical with single or queen bed options - all have great views"
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UKLion wrote a tip Nov 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand46 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All the rooms looked lovely and were of a similar design"
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