This lodge is about 20 minutes outside Murchison on the way to Nelson. It's predominately a fishing lodge although there are other activities such as white water rafting available in Murchison and some great walks up to Mount Owen.
The lodge is about 2kms off the main road so it is nice and quiet, it overlooks the Owen river so has that great sound of running water in the distance. All rooms look out towards the river with decking outside and chairs and a table.
The place can sleep about 10 people and the rooms are very comfortable and well decorated. The room has a complimentary mini bar plus the normal coffee making equipment etc. The bathroom was nice and spacious and has a shower but no bath.
Felix, the owner, and his staff really make the place and the atmosphere is totally relaxed. There is a communal lounge with TV and internet access.
Felix is very knowledgeable about fishing as he visited this area for many years before setting up the lodge. He knows the best guides in the area and has all the equipment on site. You just need to turn up as he has all the gear such as waders and wading boots etc.
We had a fantastic time there and even caught lots of fish! I would thoroughly recommend this place as a fishing lodge and as a place to stay near Murchison if you want to walk or raft.
- 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