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James Macd
Ruby Bay, New Zealand
Owen River Fishing Lodge
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 Oct 2021
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!
Date of stay: October 2021
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Reviewed 29 April 2021

My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at ORL and could not have been happier.
The weather was challenging, but that’s fishing, and on the day we had with our guide Stefano, we hooked 6 great fish.

Felix, Kylie and Indy, together with their fantastic chefs Ryan and Jo make you feel at home the moment you arrive.

We look forward to our next visit to chase some dry fly action in December.

Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2021

Thank you for taking the time to write a review Tony !
The team and I look forward to you & Jay returning in December - stay well!!

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Reviewed 9 April 2021

Just spent 4 lovely nights at OWL. Beautiful informal surroundings with great views. The dinners were exceptional thanks to Jo and Ryan. Felix & Kylie made us very welcome and comfortable. Paul guided David to some great fishing spots resulting in a 6lb brown trout & 2 huge salmon, 13 and 17lb. Thanks Kylie for letting me arrange flowers & foliage from your gorgeous garden.

Date of stay: April 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2021

It was lovely meeting you & David, thank you for taking the time to write a review and of course for choosing to stay at Owen River Lodge. The team and I hope to see you here again next season.

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Reviewed 11 February 2021 via mobile

My husband was looking for a place to go to stay for a few days that provided him with a great place to fish but would suit myself (who doesn't fish). He spotted Owen River Lodge (who was running a Kiwi Special Rates) 2 nights/1 day guided fishing. On very short notice(around 9pm, Saturday night of Waitangi weekend)he contacted the Lodge and Felix (owner) couldn't have been more helpful and was able to accommodate for us to come next day.
Owen River Lodge is situated in the most lovely setting on the edge of the Owen River. Great views of the river from the Lodge itself and the rooms.
When we arrived in the afternoon, it was lovely and hot and Felix suggested there was a good swimming hole to go in to cool off - was awesome.
I can't say enough how wonderful the service, food (provided by Ryan, their on-site chef), and how lovely the room was. The room was spotless, bed super comfy.
My husband’s fishing day arrived and the guide assigned was great. He had a marvellous experience, catching fish, getting tips on his casting techniques when he asked for advice from Adam (guide).
Our whole stay was relaxing, food awesome, hospitality provided by Felix and Kylie couldn't have been more welcoming.
Would recommend this place without a doubt and will look forward to returning in the near future.

Date of stay: February 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2021

Thank you for your lovely review Helen, the team and I hope to see you & Brian here again soon

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Reviewed 22 January 2021

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.

Date of stay: January 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 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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Reviewed 19 October 2020 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend here and got the warmest hospitality from Felix, Kylie, Ryan and Indi. Nothing was too much trouble and lots of great recommendations were given to us non-fishing folk. Immaculate suite thanks to the wonderful housekeeping team. Absolutely would recommend ORL and we look forward to returning. Thank you!

Date of stay: October 2020
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2020

Thank you Keely for taking the time to write such a wonderful review and thank you for planning a return stay with us.
We look forward to see you & Bruce in April

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