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  • 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

  • Feel like home here. Thank you for the family like hospitality.
    — JB, Malaysia

  • Great Chinese meals!
    — GR, Holland

  • After 40 years we decided to return to Owen River Tavern where I proposed to her all those years ago.  What a great place, the memories flooding back - Lovely place.
    — Ted & Cherie, Taupo Bay

    Cherie and Ted at Owen River Tavern
  • Well worth the stop, Excellent Meal.
    — Michael & Joan K., Qd Australia

  • Warm hospitality in cold weather of KiwiLand.
    — KS, Pahong, Malaysia

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mt. Owen, 1875m, is a pleasant prospect from the beer garden on a summer’s day, the sort of day that poor Thomas Brunner might have welcomed for drying clothes and equipment and mourning his loyal and, in the end, sacrificial Rover…
    — DON DONOVAN

  • We had a lovely stay at the Owen River Tavern & Motels. The fried rice with black bean beef is a wonderful dish from the Mighty kiwi food.
    — James C., Singapore

  • Thank you so much for the wonderful unit, we will tell all our friends how fabulous and friendly you are. Thank you again.
    — Paul & Anne B. - Christchurch

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

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

  • Love the food, Love the place. Definitely coming back.
    — SK, Penang, Malaysia

  • What a cool little pub in a beautiful place. Lovely.
    — Jenny and Jared R, Mount Mounganui

    Jenny and Jared R.
  • Best Pub!!
    — Nathan M.

  • 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

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

  • Hahaha Menu of the day Black Bean with Pork & rice, what can I say.... I can't breathe anymore.
    — Marita

  • Ed & Lee had a great diner here. Hospitality is the best. If we ever come back to NZ, we will be coming back to this place.
    — Geweidis

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