Owen River Lodge is one of the finest fly fishing lodges on the South Island.

Located at the top of the South Island, the proximity of this lodge to numerous rivers ensures you will be fishing some of the finest Brown Trout rivers on the planet.

  • Season: October to April
  • Brown Trout fly fishing
  • Hiking, horse-riding and sight-seeing
  • Excellent lodge and accommodation
  • Backcountry wilderness fishing
  • Average temperatures: 10-15℃ in winter, 20-30℃ in warmer months

Owen River Lodge is located in the Owen Valley near Murchison, in the Nelson Lakes district of the South Island of New Zealand. The lodge sits on the bank of the Owen River among sixteen acres of gardens and farmland. With almost a kilometre of river frontage, it is an ideal location for a quick practise before you venture out with your fishing guide or for that quiet after-dinner cast during the evening rise.

To ensure absolute privacy for guests, there are six guest cottage suites in the lodge gardens. Each cottage suite comes complete with wonderful views of the river, the valley and the mountains beyond. All cottages have an open, airy, contemporary feel with king-size, double-beds or twin-beds and en-suite facilities, air conditioning, ironing facilities, a hair dryer, a mini bar, a safe etc. There is plenty of room to relax and spread out as well as to store your fishing gear. Spacious verandas provide a perfect location to relax in the late afternoon and evening.

The main lodge building includes the dining-room, a lounge, a sitting room, a lodge shop, a fly-tying area and, of course, the bar. Among the lodge facilities, there is a dedicated massage-room and an outdoor jacuzzi/spa where you can relax after a day on the river. One of the guest lounge rooms is equipped with Cable TV, a DVD player and a Notebook PC for you to check emails etc. If you need to stay 'plugged in', the WiFi wireless network with satellite-delivered broadband is accessible from all guest suites as well as in the main lodge building.

The food at Owen River Lodge is simply stunning, cooked from the very best of fresh, locally-sourced produce, much of which is picked from the lodge’s own vegetable and herb garden. Bookings includes all meals, beer, house wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

Owen River Lodge is set up primarily as a fly fishing destination, however, for the non-angler there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, from hiking and hill-walking to spa treatments.

WIFI is available in the lodge.

Staying at Owen River Lodge means you can enjoy fly fishing on numerous blue-ribbon streams and rivers, with over thirty waters accessible by road (most within one hour’s drive) and countless others by helicopter. The region offers huge variety, ranging from small, intimate rivers like the Owen River, to iconic freestone rivers such as the Wairau. The average Trout size ranges from three to six pounds and each season fish of ten pounds or more are encountered.

The fishing in this region involves classic New Zealand sight-fishing for wild Brown Trout. This means that for the majority of the rivers, you must see the fish before the fish sees you. 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 five or six weight rod, nine to ten feet in length. Naturally, the world’s best equipment is availableat the lodge and tariffs include the use of all the fishing gear you may need: Simms G3 Gore-Tex waders, jackets, boots etc (ladies’ and men’s sizes available), a large range of current model Sage rods and reels.

To maximise your time and improve chances of success on the rivers it is recommended that fishing-guests use the services of one of the guides. Their intimate knowledge and skills will help you whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner.

A typical day starts around 8:30am to 9:00am and finishes at 5:00pm approx. Lunch is included in the full day and taken streamside.

In addition to the local waters, the lodge can offer heli-fishing where you can be dropped into beautiful remote country surroundings and fish water that is otherwise inaccessible by road or foot.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence.

A tourist visa is required for all citizens (except Australians) entering New Zealand. A three-month tourist visa is provided by passport control when entering the country.

There are various international flight options to Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch. Then take an internal flight to Nelson. The transfer to the lodge is by helicopter.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 (0)1730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232


Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816