Owen River Tavern and Motel


3.2 from 10 users


1569 Kawatiri-Murchison Hwy, Owen River, South Island

(03) 523 9273




The beautiful Owen River Recreation Reserve borders the Buller River making it the perfect campsite for all sorts of water activities like trout fishing, kayaking and white water rafting. The campsite is located only a few minutes walk from the Owen River Tavern. Camper vans are welcome and there are power and water points available for use. There are toilets, hot showers, washing and drying facilities on site. The area has a wide range of activities such as trout fishing, kayaking, white water rafting, caving, cycling, camping and tramping in New Zealand's native bush and mountains.

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Lat: -41.686192 Lng: 172.451022

User Reviews



Check-in was kinda weird, you pay inside the tavern, $10pp/n, for that price the facilities and shelter are nice, hot shower after you activate it with the blue Button, turns off after 5 minutes but you can just press it again if you want a longer shower. Only one Weka but lots of sandflies around. Nice and quiet during the night! There are two picnic tables in the shelter, 2 plugs in the electricity Box and 1 each in the bathroom cubicles. Drinking water is also available next to the right shower. Dont try and pay in the honesty Box, since it has Baby birds living in it. :) Two bars of 4G reception!


Barbie on the Way

Horible, horible, horible sandflies everywhere. No possibility to stay outside and cook dinner or enjoy breakfast. Hot shower was clean and hot when you put BLUE button. But nothing else for 10$, huge area but no picnic tables (maybe sandflies are the reason) and shelter but it does not look inviting. No kitchen or laundry, no plug!! Just 2 toilets and showers but right one does not work correctly. The campsite should be for free or just paid for shower.



beautiful place but midgee flies and wasps everywhere. we made dinner and had to leave straight away as the flies were too bad. got our refund. shower was either too hot or freezing cold.


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