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Owen River Lodge
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Denver, Colorado, United States
2 reviews
“Better than advertised”
Reviewed January 18, 2013

My wife and I stayed with Felix at Owen River Lodge during a portion of our three week honeymoon to New Zealand. The lodging was intimate and prisine, the meals prepared on-site by Ryan rival any 5 star city restaurant and the fishing was spectacular. After spending three weeks in New Zealand and sharing stories and pictures, family and friends often ask of the most memorable time and the answer is consitently our time spent at Owen River Lodge. As an avid fly fisher and my wife a non fly fisher Owen River Lodge provided a truly unique option that resulted in an excptional stay for both of us to share.

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Singapore, null, Singapore
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

We had a great time at ORL. I can't add much to previous reviews though. Great lodge, fantastic food, we really liked our guide, Paul, and we had many rivers to choose from nearby. A special treat was the perfectly clear nights and looking at the stars. I have never seen so many stars, planets and comets in years and this was great, I could do it for hours. Felix was the perfect host, smart, funny, very aware of his guests needs and wants and makes everything easy for the stay. My main point is this - we will be going back to ORL as soon as possible, and we have stayed at a few lodges in NZ. This is the one for us. Oh, and we also want to catch that elusive trophy, maybe next time! One more thing, it is a great experience meeting the other guests who roll in and out as you are there, good people (aren't all fly fishers good though?).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fort Worth, Texas
2 reviews
Reviewed January 12, 2013

My wife and I visited Owen river Lodge early last year and couldn't wait to get back after our exceptional stay. We returned for our second trip over New Years this year. Felix and his staff continue to provide a first class experience. From the fishing to Ryan's cuisine to the lodging, it couldn't have been better. We will return next year.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Owen River Lodge was our first fishing lodge experience - ever, anywhere. It sure beats B&Bs and bush huts!

The Lodge was absolutely fantastic. Felix and the team were superb - welcoming and helpful without being over the top. Facilities are first class and the food (and NZ pinot noir) were high end restaurant quality (thanks Ryan!). Whilst focus is on the great trout fishing in rivers nearby Helen enjoyed relaxing at the Lodge and touring in this beautiful part of the world.

We have booked again for next year.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook a field and the Owen river. There isn't a bad room!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

My first trip to NZ. Trip was focused on hunting big fish. The lodge was perfect. very attractive, very comfortable, exceedingly clean and well done. nothing over the top. just comfortable and exactly what we were looking for to really feel like we were welcome. anything we needed, felix was on it. food was terrific and things were adaptable to our tastes and preferences. i would go back in an instant. in fact, i won't even shop around the next time i go.

thanks felix.

Room Tip: all rooms are about the same
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This was the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday I can remember. Owen river lodge is superb. Felix’s lodge delivers everything that is promised, and then some. From the idyllic grounds to the magnificent outlook over snow capped mountains (we were there in October). And the food? Ryan is a sensational chef. What made it special where the little touches, like homemade biscuits and ground coffee in the mini bar and no TV in the rooms-brilliant! Felix made us feel so welcome, nothing was too much trouble; in fact all the staff where warm and welcoming. I can absolutely recommend having a hot tub under the stars- truly amazing. Just a brilliant holiday. Great fishing. Wonderful country.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Galveston Island, Texas
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

Spent two wonderful nights with my fiance early Nov and had a wonderful stay with Felix and crew taking great care of us..almost impossible to leave, food was excellent ...also thanks to big Steve for putting me on some great fish.. just make sure you fish at least two days there or longer or you''ll lose sleep... when can I go back?

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Owen River Lodge
Address: 173 Owen Valley East Road, Murchison 7077, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Murchison
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Murchison
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Owen River Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Owen River Lodge is New Zealand's finest 5 star rated fly fishing lodge. Luxurious, warm and inviting ambiance. Stylish, understated accommodation located right on the Owen River in the South Island of New Zealand. Come and enjoy the stunning food, superb service and outstanding fishing. ... more   less 

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