Owen River Lodge

Catch the Trout of a Lifetime in New Zealand

Zane Grey, famous American author and angler, described New Zealand as an “angler’s Eldorado”. He was right on the mark, especially when you look at the trout fishery.

Over the years, New Zealand has developed a reputation for having the best sighted river fishing for trout in the world. And Owen River Lodge, with its easy access to the Nelson, Marlborough, North Canterbury and West Coast fisheries at the top of the South Island, is perfectly positioned to put you at the centre of all the action

Here you can enjoy fly fishing on numerous blue-ribbon streams and rivers, with over 30 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 3lb to 6lb (there’s nothing average about that!) but each season our fishery grants many an angler’s dream of landing a 10 pounder.


Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Rob Kolanda or Adventure Travel Coordinator John Brown for additional information and to BOOK! rob@frontrangeanglers.com

When you BOOK with FRA Adventure Travel you never pay more for our services as we work for YOU and the Lodge!.



The Fishing

Sight Fishing
New Zealand is known for its sight fishing opportunities, which exist in abundance throughout the country. You should use a dull-colored fly line, long leaders and fine tippet, as it is paramount that you cast accurately and stealthily to the fish that you are targeting. There are few places in the world where anglers can sight fish to 8 pound brown trout, but New Zealand is one of them!

The Water
Anglers will be treated to a myriad of fishing opportunities, including small streams, pristine lakes, and wide rivers. Most of these waters are accessible by truck, but some require a scenic helicopter ride to access!

Catch and Release
We practice catch and release fishing, given many of our trout are resident browns, we have witnessed that the vast majority of fish, if handled & released correctly, live on to be caught again one day.


Lodge Details
Our six guest cottage suites are located in a beautiful garden, a short walk away from the main lodge. Each suite enjoys stunning views of the water, the valley and Kahurangi National Park, with the delightful sound of the Owen River in the background.

Each suite is equipped with A/C, WIFI, an electronic safe, ironing facilities, an alarm clock, mini bar stocked with complimentary soft drinks, premium New Zealand fruit juices, our own home made mineral waters, and tea and coffee making facilities – with real freshly ground coffee beans. They also contain en suite bathrooms equipped with oversized towels, bathrobes, a hairdryer and, of course, quality New Zealand made shower gels, body lotion, shampoo and conditioner.

Travel Details

New Zealand has 3 primary international airports: Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. From any of these cities you can catch a direct flight to Nelson. We recommend Air New Zealand – proudly the national carrier of New Zealand.

The lodge is located approximately 100 kilometers away from Nelson, and is easily accessed by following Highway 6 all the way from the town of Nelson to the lodge.

Travel Tips
New Zealand is a 3.5 hour flight from Eastern Australia. From the West Coast of the United States, a direct flight to New Zealand is 12 hours. From other places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, flights take around 10 hours. New Zealand Customs officers are very serious about maintaining New Zealand’s disease-free status. Its imperative that you declare any fishing equipment you have ! Please make sure your boots and waders are absolutely dry and spotless with no mud, grass or any other material attached to them. We recommend that you do not bring any fly tying materials (e.g. feathers).


What's Included
- All meals, snacks, and appetizers

- Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages


- Use of all lodge facilities

- Accommodations for the length of your stay

2024 Rates and Dates

- 7 Night/6 Days: $4795 per angler (based on double occupancy)


- Contact us for more information about booking!

Term and Privacy.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
To secure your booking we require a deposit of 50% of the accommodation & guiding tariff – We accept Visa, MasterCard & American Express. Accounts settled using a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards will attract a transaction fee of 2 % of the value of the transaction.

Owen River Lodge is a small boutique lodge and cancellations affect us greatly. If your reservation is cancelled within 90 Days of arrival there will be a charge of 25% of the accommodation & guiding.

Within 60 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 50% Within 45 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 75% Within 30 Days of arrival, there will be a charge of 100% If you are unable to make a trip due to official government travel restrictions implemented because of the Covid-19 coronavirus, all payments will be credited to a future stay at Owen River Lodge. This credit will be valid for 24 months.

Travel Insurance
Front Range Anglers recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT: KIM D’AMICO-KDAMICO@GLOBALRESCUE.COM – 617.459.4200