Felix Borenstein, the owner and operator of Owen River Lodge, is a successful businessman and enthusiastic fisherman. He's got great guides and the fishing is as good as it can be in New Zealand. (In other words, it rained exactly when I was trying to catch fish so I was virtually skunked three out of four days, but the other day was outstanding -- I caught six fish including a handsome 8-lb brown trout.) But the interesting part is that Felix has also optimized to make the business successful by providing outstanding service and managing a first class facility. The rooms are clean and large and have excellent fixtures. The lodge itself is warm and comfortable. The meals are delicious. Etc. Etc. One small touch that I've never seen before -- the rooms have a fresh ground packet of coffee, a water heater and a French press plunger; the fist time I've ever been able to make a good cup of coffee in my room, even in most high-end urban hotels!
- 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