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Owen River Lodge
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

Only my second time to the lodge and I speak as someone who is absolutely hopeless with a fly rod but just love everything that is fly fishing. I've chased Golden's and tuna on Hervey Bay, Bones in the Cook Islands and Browns in NZ.

For the Fly Fishers, the guides are great humans with wonderful temperament and skill set . They will put you onto fish!
The gear Felix provides is first class all Sage rods and reels and Simms G3 waders and boots .

In regards the food. My best comparison is Lizard Island ( probably one of Australia's top 3 luxury resorts ) . I would say the food at Owen River Lodge is as good if not better than Lizard .

In regards the wines that come inclusive with the tariff they are way way better than Lizard Island and any cruise line ( Silver Seas) that ive been on.

In regards the rooms they are beautiful and clean . Again if i was to compare with Lizard Island ( pre the cyclone and rebuild ) I would say the rooms are an 8 out of 10 comparison.

Beyond that I really love the intimacy with only 6 rooms its a far, far more personable experience than i have experienced anywhere else. Felix was particularly accommodating with my quirky requests like packing a thermos of tea with real milk and a bottle of wine for each days fishing. He even trained me on closing doors ( in joke) .

My wife who is not into fishing flew in and joined us for the last night . She was so impressed that next time she will come in a day earlier and just relax around the lodge.

We are already planning to return next year .

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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

A simply divine lodge that caters to all guests needs & wants. Felix has thought of everything you might need in the stylish & personalised guest lodges with breath taking views, privacy, & comfort. The meals are mouth watering creations of sublime fine dining by chef Ryan and the communal dinning table creates a wonderful fellowship to share your experiences during the day. Keeley the resident lodge dog is a delightful presence as she might nudge you for a pat & scratch around her ears.

Stayed: April 2016
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Reviewed 22 April 2016

We just returned to Owen River Lodge for our second visit and again it was a terrific experience.
Felix and his team's hospitality is first class. Nothing is too much trouble. The rooms are very well appointed and the lodge itself is set up perfectly for guests. The food was exceptional and the wine list very well selected.
For the fly fishermen it is everything you would want and more. All the gear (rods, reels, lines, waders, boots) is top shelf & the guides are experienced pros who put you on fish as well as being great company for a day on the river. The many rivers that are accessible in the area are world class. We are far from experienced fly fishing anglers but again we landed very nice wild brown trout on this trip. I would highly recommend Owen River Lodge and will be coming back for sure.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

This was our first visit to Felix's Owen River Lodge. A great location on the Owen River. The rooms are very comfortable and well insulated, keeping quite cosy overnight. The three staff on this visit were Lilly, Jo and Ryan. Jo and Ryan are the chefs, and the food is excellent. The guided fishing was great, albeit not producing a 10lb brown, but you fish in absolute magic country and rivers.
Definitely worth a return visit.

Room Tip: All rooms are the same and overlook the river.
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  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

just a great place. the accommodation, food, hospitality and of course the fishing are really world class. a great team all round. felix is an excellent host and has superb staff always on hand. it was our first time to nz, and a great intro. next time though we would stay for a while longer

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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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
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
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Ranked #1 of 6 Speciality Lodging in Murchison
Price Range: $684 - $1,088 (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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