Owen River Lodge, South Island

Fly Fishing Trip and Lodge Details:

A Qualmark certified 5 star lodge!

Situated in the north-west corner of the South Island, Owen River Lodge is located in the Nelson Lakes region and is surrounded by sheltering mountain ranges, giving it a surprisingly mild climate, with generally light winds and reliable rainfall. Water is typical New Zealand “Gin Clear” , and you will be stalking a 10 pound brown trout in water so clear that it looks 2 feet deep but is actually up to your waist!

The Lodge is centrally located, with easy access to the Nelson/ Marlborough 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 hour’s drive), and countless others by helicopter. The region is renowned as a brown trout fishery, with the average trout size ranging from 3 to 6 pounds; 10 pounders are possible.

The Owen River Lodge offers a friendly, professional service for both experienced and novice fly fishers. Wireless broadband internet access is available throughout the lodge; they even provide the computer! Want to really relax? Then enjoy the Jacuzzi, a massage or beauty treatment in the new therapy room and spa.

There is a myriad of non-fishing things to do in this region from horse riding in the Tutaki valley, guided walks in the national park, farm tours, rafting down the Buller River, shopping trips to Nelson, a day tour of artist studios in Nelson/Motueka or wine tasting in Marlborough.

Season information:

October to April


Package Rates – 1 October 2013 through to 30 April 2014:

  • Four Night Fly Fishing Package – Includes 4 nights of 5 star luxury accommodation, all meals i.e. a three course dinner, cooked English breakfast, picnic lunch daily, use of our fly fishing equipment and 3 days of expert guiding with one of our senior fly fishing guides. Twin share accommodation and share guide, NZ $3,500 per person.
  • Five Night Fly Fishing Package – Includes 5 nights and 4 days of expert guiding. with one of our senior fly fishing guide. Twin share accommodation and share guide, NZ $4,185 per person.
  • Six Night Fly Fishing Package – $5,450 per person.
  • Seven Night Fly Fishing Package – $6,400 per person.

Services at Travel Adventures are completely free!
When you book a fly fishing vacation with Travel Adventures,
you never pay more than if you booked directly with the lodge or outfitter.


Accommodations in one of the cottages, continental or cooked breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner snacks, and exceptional dinner, plus the use of all all lodge facilities, including the use of loan fly fishing equipment, waders, boots, mountain bikes etc. Rates include GST.

Not included:

License, helicopter flights, alcohol, gratuities, telephone calls, items of a personal nature, etc.


15 minutes north of Murchison, a leisurely 75 minute drive from Nelson or approximately 3 1/2 hours from Christchurch.

How to get there:

International flights to Auckland (AKL), Christchurch (CHC) or Wellington (WLG) followed by a domestic flight to Nelson (NSN). Then rental car to the Lodge or by arranged shuttle.

Owner and Host:

Felix Borenstein

Travel Adventures will be happy to assist with all of your travel arrangements
to any of our destinations, including air, extended stays, sightseeing tours, special
requests, other "stops in route", shuttles, airport transfers, rental cars, etc.
We are "The Angler's Concierge".

We want to be your personal concierge service for fly-fishing adventures. We provide highly personalized service and will make all of your reservations and assist in any special requirements you may need. We are happy to assist with frequent flyer air reservations or search for discounted flight arrangements and make the necessary reservations.As your concierge, we will take care of everything. Just what a busy traveler needs. We will insure that your travel needs are covered, even if it is shipping your special selection of wine or a box of fine cigars ahead of time to your destination. We would enjoy hearing from you. Just contact us by email or use our toll free phone number 1.877.874.1400.

Get in Touch

Get in Touch

Have Questions?
Want to Book a Trip?
Contact Your Fly Fishing Conciege
Jean Philip Chaintreuil
Call 877.874.1400

Travel A Store

We have our own store to supply fishing gear, tying equipment, hooks, lines, leader materials, and the like, to our clients. Many hooks, lines, leaders and tippet materials, and limited fly tying items, are carried "In Stock". Other items can be obtained very quickly from our suppliers and delivered to you. All products are very competitively priced and fully guaranteed with a full satisfaction or return policy. Call us (1.877.874.1400), and we will track it down and get it to you as quickly as possible.

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