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  • Great Chinese meals!
    — GR, Holland

  • Oasis in the middle of nowhere.
    On a very tiring trip from Nelson stopped in at the Owen River Tavern and Motels to have a Christmas meal with a friend. Host was fantastic, very friendly. Wide range of food on the menu at a reasonable price and recommend the Chinese. Fantastic. A+ to anyone wanting a traditional Chinese meal.

    — Leeanne S. Greymouth

  • Awesome Smile ++++, peaceful & beautiful nice place to be.
    — Robert & Lea L. Philippines

  • HA Murray!
    I ate all the Sweet & Sour Pork so you can't have any when you stay. It's the best... A++
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    — Leanne from Greymouth

  • Place of Beauty, love it & the people who run and manage the place.
    — Sammy S. Philippines

  • Good, excellent, 6 stars, awesome, wonderful host!
    —Jing D. from Malaysia

  • Cycled 120 Km -What a blissful sight to see Owen River Tavern & Motels. What a great evening, great place and excellent food. We will be back.
    — Lynn & Dave H. from Pukekohe
    — Ken & Helen from Ranaomoa
    — 2x2 cyclists plus 2 x camper van

    Happy Customers
  • To everyone reading this....order the sweet N sour chicken it's amazing!!!.
    Thank you for your hospitality, great food and wonderful conversation.
    I wish you both luck.

    — Moana

  • Best Pub!!
    — Nathan M.

  • We three exhausted, hungry travellers spotted a most comforting sight - the Owen River Tavern & Motel. Our energy was recharged with a scrumptious dinner, yummy desserts, and overnight stay in ultra clean guest accommodations. Many thanks to our hosts, Kim and John.
    — R.J.&Co. West Coast, NZ

  • Cosy warm and great food. Nice people.
    — John & Margaret, Whangarei

  • Well worth the stop, Excellent Meal.
    — Michael & Joan K., Qd Australia

  • Yet another delightful evening at Owen River Tavern. Deliciously prepared meals (Sweet and Sour Chicken / Hot and Spicy Pork) and extremely tidy motel accommodation is reason enough to return to Owen River Tavern time and time again. We have made this rest stop a regular on our trips from Nelson back to the West Coast. Much thanks to our gracious hosts, John and Kim.
    — R.J.&Co. West Coast, NZ

  • Excellent Chinese and traditional New Zealand meals. This is a 'must stop' on your way from the West Coast to Nelson. Beautiful views of the Buller River and Mount Owen. The food is superb, with John Siu cooking the Chinese dishes and Kim Siu cooking the New Zealand fare. These two will make you very welcome and their motel units are very comfortable too.
    — pheffernan

    Enjoying our meal at Owen River Tavern
  • Love the food, Love the place. Definitely coming back.
    — SK, Penang, Malaysia