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Tauranga, New Zealand
Fantastic Fly Fishing Lodge
5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 Nov 2021
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.
Date of stay: October 2021
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Reviewed 4 November 2021

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!

Date of stay: October 2021
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 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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Reviewed 5 October 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!

Room tip: All the rooms have great views of the river
Date of stay: October 2021
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Felix Borenstein, Owner at Eleven Owen River Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 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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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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