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October 18, 2016


Gear Patrol recently named New Zealand’s Owen River Lodge to their “10 Best Fly-Fishing Lodges in the World.” The review noted:

“The Owen River Lodge has established a reputation as one of the best “sighted” brown trout fisheries in the world, which means that the water is so clear you can see the fish before you even cast your fly. In addition to the Owen River, over 30 waters are accessible by road, plus many others by a short helicopter ride. As for accommodation, the main lodge and six individual cabins are unapologetically luxurious (their aim is to “spoil you rotten,” according to the website), complete with everything you’d expect from a five-star hotel. The only difference is, you have the magnificent views basically all to yourself.”

Nestled in the Owen Valley in the Nelson Lakes district of the South Island is a place where fishing has been religion since 1948.  Disciples of trout fishing travel to this fishing Mecca year after year for the chance to catch one of the elusive brown trout that populate the local rivers.  Owen River Lodge is the brainchild of Felix Borenstein, a world class host and bona fide fishing fanatic.  Every detail of the lodge is centered around fishing—the lodge itself is situation in one of the finest sight-fishing brown trout in New Zealand–and the world.  One thing that sets Owen River Lodge apart from the rest is that it offers access to so many different rivers, from small spring creeks to iconic freestones, without the necessity of a helicopter.  In fact, there are at least 25 exceptional rivers and streams within an hour’s drive of the lodge.  The lodge employs a full-time staff to cater to the experience of the non-angling guest and there are dozens of activities available both on- and off- campus for spouses or the whole family.  Felix and his charming team of hospitality professionals will ensure that your time at Owen River Lodge is as relaxing and enjoyable as it is action-packed.

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