We were on honeymoon.... most would ask "why a trout fishing lodge for a honeymoon?" Simple, we've never been trout fishing before. I had a few concerns, we would have to dine with other guests... what if they bored me? They didn't! They were enthuisasts who have travelled the world trout fishing, their stories were amazing!! What about the standard of the food? No worries there! Delicious and beautifully presented - both very important for me - I'd rate it 5 star at the very least!! On our arrival, Felix, the owner greeted us with a beautiful glass of wine and the most delicious wafting smell of lamb shoulder slow roasting for many hours already..... and proved himself a wonderful host over the time we were there - nothing was lacking. Our day of trout fishing was simply amazing. Our guide was terrific - he really knew his stuff and certainly knew the area. Geoff and I caught 9 trout which I believe is unheard of for total beginners - admittedly they were tiddlers - but we didn't care it was just incredibly exciting to be actually hooking fish! The scenery was stunning - and I grew up in N.Z - so when I say stunning - I mean it. All in all there was not a thing I could fault. We were beautifully taken care of from start to finish in every way. And if I sound truly over-the-top about Owen River Lodge it's because it deserves it. Geoff and I will definitely return and I totally recommend it - even if you don't want to fish!!
- 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