Owen River Lodge

Region, district, state: 
South Island
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If you are flying in to New Zealand, we recommend you fly to Nelson. There are numerous flights to Nelson from Christchurch, Auckland or Wellington. We can arrange transfers to the lodge from Nelson.


We are located 2 kilometres down a country lane from State Highway 6, (opposite the Owen River Tavern), 15 minutes north of Murchison, a leisurely 75 minute drive from Nelson or approximately 3.5 hours from Christchurch.
(Please give way to the sheep)

Driving from Nelson

Drive out from the airport, take the first roundabout and turn to the right. Follow this road (about 1 kilometer) until it ends at a T-intersection /roundabout. Turn right - you are now on the highway (State highway 6) that will take you all the way to the lodge (Just follow the signs to Murchison)

The lodge is located about 100 kilometers from the airport. On the way (50 kilometers approx) you will go over the Motueka bridge/river - keep following the signs to Murchison.

You will see a sign on your left pointing to St.Arnaud (don't turn off) - you are now 20 kilometers (approx) from the lodge. You will then see a sign on your left saying Lake Rotoroa (don't turn off here either) you are now about 10 kilometers from the lodge.

You will soon see the Owen River Tavern on your left - don't worry you can't miss it - its a 2 story white Pub/Hotel in the middle of nowhere.

SLOW DOWN - just before the bridge - turn right up Owen Valley East Road. This is just after the Pub - but BEFORE you cross the Owen River bridge
The lodge is 2 kilometres on your left.

Driving from Christchurch

Drive out of Christchurch towards Kaikoura/Picton (Highway 1), drive though Amberley.

Approximately 10 kilometres after you leave Amberley you need to turn left off the highway towards Hanmer Springs / West coast (Highway 7)

This will take you over the Lewis pass. The next turn is at Springs Junction - where you turn/veer to the right and follow the sign's to Murchison. (Highway 65)

The Lodge is 20 kilometres after you leave Murchison (towards Nelson – Highway 6), you will get to Owen River bridge - go over the bridge and turn sharp left. (Owen Valley East Road) The lodge is located 2 kilometres down this road on the left.

Travel Tips

New Zealand is a 3.5 hour flight from Eastern Australia. From the West Coast of the United States, a direct flight to New Zealand is 12 hours. From other places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, flights take around 10 hours.

New Zealand Customs Officers are serious about maintaining New Zealand’s disease-free status. Please make sure your boots and waders are absolutely spotless with no mud, grass or any other material attached to them. We recommend that you do not bring any fly tying materials.

Transfer from the place of arrival: Yes
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Company information
Accomodation and Catering

Kind of accommodation 

  • Lodge
  • Guest Cottage Suites
  • THE LODGE Click here to read more

    Guest Cottage Suites Click here to read more


  • Dining room
  • Bar
  • Three meals per day
  • Terms and Conditions: 

    Deposit and Cancellation Policy
    You can secure your booking by providing us with a deposit of 25% of the accommodation & guiding tariff or package rate – We accept Visa, MasterCard & Diners Club.

    Owen River Lodge is a small boutique lodge and cancellations affect us greatly.

    If your reservation is cancelled within 90 Days of arrival there will be a charge of 25% of the total accommodation & guiding tariff or package rate

    Within 60 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 50%
    Within 45 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 75%
    Within 30 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 100%

    Naturally we will endeavour to re-book the cottage and/or guide and if this is successful we will refund your deposit. We strongly advise guests to take out travel insurance to protect themselves against unexpected changes to their travel plans.



    Additional information


    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

    Jacuzzi/ Spa
    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.

    Mountain Biking
    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.

    Farm Tours
    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.

    Horse Riding
    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.

    Jet Boating
    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.

    Vineyard Touring
    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.

    Chauffeur Drive
    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.

    Additional documents
    Help with CITES Certificate: 
  • River fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Guide Services: 

    Species of fish: 

  • Trout
  • Brown trout
  • Program of a tour

    The famous American author/angler Zane Grey described New Zealand as an "Angler's Eldorado". He was right on the mark - especially when you look at the trout fishery. Over the years, New Zealand has developed a reputation for having the best sighted river fishing for trout in the world.
    You may have heard New Zealand's rivers described as being "Gin Clear" - well it's true! Imagine stalking a 10lb brown trout in water, so clear, that water which looks 12 inches deep is actually up to your waist!

    Owen River Lodge is located near Murchison, in the Nelson Lakes area of the South Island (the top of the South Island). While mountains and forests abound, the area enjoys a remarkably mild climate.
    The lodge is centrally located, with easy access to the Nelson and West Coast Fisheries. Thus you can enjoy fly fishing on numerous blue-ribbon streams and rivers, with over 30 waters accessible by road (most within 1 hours drive) and countless others by helicopter.

    The region is renowned as a "sighted" brown trout fishery, with the average trout size ranging from 3lb to 6lb (there's nothing average about that!). This means, for the majority of the rivers, the angler must see the fish, before the fish sees you. Hunting or stalking our brown trout requires the angler to use a dull coloured fly line, long leaders & fine tippet. Unlike lake fishing, the majority of the casting you will do will be medium to short distances - accuracy being much more important than the ability to cast the complete fly line. Generally anglers use a 5 or 6 weight rod, 9 to 10 feet in length.

    The region has a huge variety of rivers to choose from, small intimate rivers like the Owen River, to iconic freestone rivers such as the Wairau. Each season, our fishery has granted many an angler's dream of landing a 10 pounder.

    Naturally, our tariff includes the use of all the fishing gear you may need. Indeed, the lodge has the world's best equipment available for our guest use. Simms Guide Gore-Tex waders (ladies & mens sizes available), Simms Gore-Tex wading jackets, Simms Guide wading boots - size 5 up to size 14, Sage Rods & Reels and Lamson Reels.

    The Owen River Lodge offers a friendly, professional service for both experienced and novice fly fishers

    STAGES OF THE FISHING SEASON Click here to read more

    Fishing Packages Click here to read more

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