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“The Return Visit” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Owen River Lodge

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Owen River Lodge
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Perth, Australia
1 review
“The Return Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We had stayed at Owen River Lodge several years back and enjoyed it immensely, so had very high expectations for the return visit. We were not disappointed in any way. Our host Felix ensured we slid quickly into relax mode and stayed there. The room is well set up. The bed is firm but comfortable, as I like it. No problems sleeping well. The shower, particularly after a hard day chasing trout, is excellent. Hard to leave, but then dinner calls. Our chef, Ryan, managed a different gourmet meal each of the six evenings we were there. None disappointed, and I am known for my aptitude to enjoy good food and wine. The wine list is quite large enough with an emphasis on quality NZ product. Breakfast each morning was tasty and nourishing enough to get us through to the packed lunch. The homemade muesli was a particular favourite, including ginger and macadamia, although I believe the recipe is variable. Our fishing guide, Aaron, took us to some of the most beautiful streams I have ever seen....and then found fish in them. Fantastic! And he is a very patient man, dealing with anglers who started with very low competence levels! The lodge is superbly located with many fishable waters within quite a short drive.
Thanks, Felix. I hope hope this was just the first return visit.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

Our second stay at Owen River Lodge was every bit as enjoyable as the first. It is a testament to Felix's management skills that he can operate a lodge that somehow manages to be both completely professional and yet remain welcoming and homely at the same time. A great host who is constantly focused on ensuring guests are looked after. Chef Ryan's meals were just fantastic, he presented 'art on a plate' every night that was as good food as I have had anywhere I have been. Wonderful accomodation in a magnificent landscape and Aaron guided us well to find many fish - some of which we managed to get into the net in spite of our limited ability. I highly recommend this lodge to anyone looking for a five star fishing lodge experience or alternatively if you are just looking for a quiet break.
'Craig from Perth'

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Felix has found his own paradise and I was privileged to share it one weekend in April. The surroundings are idyllic and the perfect location for a healing weekend run by Casting for Recovery. Felix and his partner were the perfect hosts, unobtrusive , but always ready to assist. The food was superb much of it home grown and would better many 5 star restaurants in the country.
The perfect place to fish and relax.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Thank you Felix for an amazing stay at your wonderful Lodge! From the moment we arrived you made us all feel so at home and cared for. The meals were fabulous, rooms extremely comfortable, and the surroundings idyllic. It was hard to leave! Thank you for a most memorable stay and for being part of the healing journey for us Casting for Recovery Ladies.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

I have fished at ORL for a couple of years and the experience is absolutely first class. Felix is the consummate host, the rest of the team is exceptional and the food is amazing - really amazing. Plus the wine list is a cracker as well. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable and practical - everything has been thought of.

As far as the fishing goes there is little more you can say but world beating. And the guides are off the charts as well - my guide Pete was amazing in his patience, persistence and his phenomenal ability to spot fish. Not a single day on skunking - which is quite an effort with my erratic casting.

As mentioned in the title - just imagine your best day of fishing ever - and do it 6 days in a row.... Groundhog Day ain't such a bad thing.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Owen River Lodge

Property: 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 (per night): $683 - $1,087
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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