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“My Fouth Glorious Visit to Owen River Lodge”
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Owen River Lodge
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Reviewed 4 May 2013

My fourth stay at Owen River Lodge-well that's a review in itself, almost no more needs to be said.

The lodge is as elegant as ever, Autumnal colors, the effervescent Owen River and dramatic landscapes frame this luxurious gem beautifully.

After 3 intense months at work back in Melbourne my 6 day stay was just what I needed, rest and relaxation ? Well I should say relaxing when back at the lodge, the attention to detail, the caring the superb cuisine , the extensive wine list , the warmth and humor ....oh it is a joy staying here !

On the Rivers however it would be inaccurate to say that it is relaxing. Heart pounding is more like it. Spotting large trout in crystal clear water knowing full well that failure or success is a 1/3 of a fly line away , a 15 foot leader and a miniscule fly imitating the menu of the day. You live and die by your stealth , accuracy and nerve. Some fantastic fish came to hand and quickly released.

The Rivers at this time of the year (April) can be low and clear making spotting possible in pretty much all conditions. The weather on this trip was mild with the occasional hatch of little brown and blue duns bringing some monster browns to the surface. (Tip) The Rivers were almost exclusive to us.(Tip 2) there are so many glorious rivers a very short drive away. Your expert guide will consider all factors such as flow, weather (many micro climates) and most importantly trout activity and will take you to rivers that offer the best fishing conditions and opportunities.

Back at the lodge of an evening your favorite drink emerges before you have even thought about it and the pre dinner canapés' are a delight. Other guests gather and fishing stories are exchanged. The agony and the ecstasies of the day are relived vividly and in typical fly-fishing detail.

Michael a returning ORL guest is in his 70s. A 7.5 pounder , a 6 pounder few 4.5 pounders were his efforts for the day. Well fished and expertly guided. A couple from Melbourne, its only their second foray into Fly Fishing , they each caught almost identical 5 pounders amongst many opportunities. What an amazing effort.

Conversation is soon transported to the elegant dining room (views to die for) by the announcement that dinner is served. White bait fritters accompanied by a subtle aioli and the chefs own salsa were divine. In fact the fritters were so good, so beautifully presented that our main had to be delayed as the guests pleaded for a second helping (which was prepared and cooked from scratch). The Pork Belly main was sublime. All the flavor, richness and contrast of textures but some how delicate and subtle.

Desert, well I am not a desert aficionado and happily settled for the chefs non dairy treats he especially prepared for me, but I could not help but be a little envious of the mini works of art that the other guests enjoyed. Elegant, luxurious but above all seductive.

Each night the cuisine exceeded expectations. In fact , Owen River Lodge, the superb accommodation, the fishing and Felix all exceeded expectation!

Thanks for a fantastic stay Felix and see you next season.

Max

Room Tip: all rooms are excellent
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

I have had the privilege of recently spending the most wonderful weekend with a group of fellow breast cancer survivors, run under the Casting for Recovery umbrella. The lodge was the perfect venue from the moment of arrival on Friday until heading back to reality on Sunday! Felix and his team were the most wonderful hosts. The food was gourmet delicious, the rooms beautifully appointed and the environment one of pure delight. The fun, professional group of fishing guides could not have been more attentive and helpful in teaching a group of pretty novice fisher-women! I would highly recommend the Owen River Lodge to all who are searching for a marvelous weekend of fishing and/or relaxation. Well done - simply terrific.

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Reviewed 19 April 2013

Stayed here for about 5 days in March and was impressed from start to finish. Being more used to roughing it a bit when fishing, the experience of packed gourmet lunch, breakfast cooked to order with fresh local eggs, stylish, comfortable lodgings and dinner... well, I'll get to dinner later. Owen River Lodge does it all very very well.

While Felix and his crew aren't exactly responsible for the amazing trout water, countryside and consistently large fish in the region, well done for locating the lodge right in the middle of some really beautiful spots.

The lodge is very relaxed, very well presented and the service here is 100% - everything is looked after, nothing is a problem, everyone is determined to relax and enjoy. The atmosphere is upon you when you arrive and it is hard to remain worried by the outside world. The guides are great and the fish are healthy and great fun.

The food served here is really almost beyond description (in a good way!). Local produce cooked by a chef who is obviously very capable and experienced, and it all tastes amazing, presented beautifully at the table by the window overlooking the river, and washed down with some very good NZ wine. Really very classy stuff.

Will look forward to returning - a very memorable and special trip.

Room Tip: all rooms are good.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

I have recently spent the weekend with the Casting for Recovery ladies who had been affected by Breast Cancerat this wonderful Lodge with it's beautifully landscaped native garden. Ten ladies stayed as a Group and we had an unforgettable experience being pampered by the staff at the Lodge. The food was delicious and so beautifully presented. The huge vegetable garden supplied the vegetables and the fact that sustainability and the Environment were priorities appealed to my way of living. To have recycling containers in our very comfortable shared twin room was terrific. Home cooked biscuits to snack on and such comfortable beds and pillows. Felix and his partner were the perfect hosts and every effort had been made to make our stay amazing. An experience of a lifetime and all based on the magnicent Owen River

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Reviewed 9 April 2013

This venue was amazing. The character,feel and hospitality were second to none. The rooms were immaculate and roomy and the food masterclass plus plus. I dont think I have ever had my needs papmered to quite so much and there was always a friendly face when needed. Felix and staff made you feel as if it was as much their pleasure as ours to be there.The setting is very soothing with the gentle sound of the river running through and there appeared to be many attractions (apart from the fishing) in the area but the stay was too short to experience. You would never regret adding this wonderful place to your itinerary!

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Additional Information about Owen River Lodge

Address: 173 Owen Valley East Road, Murchison 7077, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Murchison
Price Range: $695 - $1,106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Owen River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 

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