NON FISHING ACTIVITIES
Whilst Owen River Lodge is a specialist fly fishing lodge, there is an endless supply of "non fishing" things to do around the lodge, the local area and the greater Nelson / Marlborough region.
You can relax in the knowledge that the lodge absolutely caters for non fishing guests. Indeed the ambiance, décor and understated elegance of the lodge and the absolute focus of the team at Owen River Lodge ensures that our non fishing guests have a sensational time.
In and Around the Lodge
The lodge has an outdoor 4 person spa / jacuzzi. It's located right next door to our massage room and has a stunning view of the river, valley and mountains.
It's always hot & always on!
Why not spoil yourself with a relaxing massage in the privacy of your cottage guest suite or our dedicated therapy room.
Right outside the lodge, there's a wonderful country laneway that meanders along the Owen River almost all the way to Mount Owen. It's a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. The lodge has several modern mountain bikes for our guests to use free of charge.
Walking / Hiking
New Zealand's 'Great Walks' are world-renowned. However, you don't need to go to the Milford track in order to appreciate what New Zealand has to offer. Mount Owen towers above the surrounding landscape at the end of the Owen Valley. There are 2 walking tracks in and around Mount Owen.
The lodge's neighbours are wonderful "typical" kiwi farmers.
They are delightfully down to earth friendly Sheep and Beef farmers. If your timing is right you may even get to see the sheep being shorn.
We can always arrange a "Tiki Tour" (Kiwi for let's check out the farm).
A very viable alternative – kick back and relax. With over 2 acres of gardens there are oodles of places to relax in the lodge grounds.
Walking the Dog
Keeley the world famous trout spotting lodge Golden Retriever /Labrador is always keen to take guests for a walk.
Swimming in the River
The lodge sits on the bank of the Owen River. There are several swimming holes for you to enjoy a dip in the river – why not take Keeley the lodge dog with you!
In and Around Murchison
Rafting / Kayaking
The Murchison region is a world renowned centre of white water rafting and kayaking. There are several rafting / kayaking companies operating in Murchison. We'd be pleased to arrange a half day to a full day rafting trip – from relaxed to adrenalin packed.
The Murchison golf course is a pretty 9 hole course situated on the banks of the Buller River, on the outskirts of Murchison. Ask any of the team for more details – we can also arrange club hire.
Walks in and around Murchison
There are several well maintained walking tracks in and around Murchison. Further afield, there are some sensational, well marked walking trails around Lake Rotoiti. Lake Rotoiti is located within a 20 minute drive of the lodge. The NZ Department of Conservation have developed several well maintained and marked walking trails.
Fancy seeing some of the local scenery on horse back? One of the larger farms in the region also offers horse trekking – from 3 hours to a full day event. To ensure a memorable day numbers are limited to 2 riders at a time.
Buller Gorge Swing Bridge
Walk New Zealand's longest swing bridge or catch the flying–fox across the Buller River – located down at the Buller Gorge.
Thinking of a slightly bigger adrenalin rush? Why not experience the most exhilarating jet boat trip in New Zealand. Buller Experience Jet boats operate down at the Buller Gorge
Things to do further afield
Nelson (90 minute drive)
Nelson is the sunniest place in New Zealand. It's a vibrant town full of art galleries, museums, crafts people, restaurants, shopping, vineyards and a plethora of things to do and see. A new attraction to Nelson is the Regional Museum – it opened in 2007 and is well worth a visit. The World of Wearable Art Museum is a must see for the fashion following guest. Make sure to check it out.
Arts and Crafts
New Zealand's unique blend of Maori and Western culture has given rise to a fresh Pacific identity that breathes vibrancy. What is Kiwi culture? It's about being innovative, independent and celebrating diversity. There are more than 300 full–time artists and craftspeople active throughout the Nelson region. They include ceramic artists, sculptors, glassblowers, painters, designers, woodworkers, jewellers and textile artists. We can arrange a tour of the regions galleries, artists and craftspeople.
Lunch by the sea
Nelson has some fabulous restaurants – why not spoil yourself and enjoy lunch by the sea.
Why not spend a day touring the vineyards of Nelson/Moutere Hills or Marlborough. The lodge is located approximately 100 kilometres (60 miles) from either the Nelson/Moutere Hills or Marlborough vineyards.
Don't plan on having a car, or don't particularly want to drive?
Fear not we can arrange a driver to show you around the region.