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Nokomai Valley Lodge

Nokomai Valley has been designed as a fishing lodge situated in New Zealand second largest working station. It is strategically located for anglers take advantage of the superb southern rivers with their world renown brown trout fishing. As well as the Mataura River which winds its way for at least 20 kms over the farm there are numerous other fishing opportunities.

Nokomai Valley Lodge provides fully catered accommodation (which due to its remoteness is highly recommended) though guests can self-cater should they wish.

Nokomai Valley Lodge also offers experienced local guides and heli-fishing using Nokomai Helicopters.

Owner / hosts Ann and Brian Hore

Louise Mackenzie


Nokomai Station

Nokomai Road




Contact details

Nokomai Valley

Phone: +64 3 248 8850 or +64 3 248 8837
Fax: +64 3 248 8841
Mobile: 027 242 9480 (within New Zealand only)

Email: nokomai@xtra.co.nz

Web: www.nokomai.co.nz

Nokomai Helicopters

Pilot: James Hore

Phone: +64 3 248 8895 or +64 3 248 8825
Mobile: 021 301 797 (within New Zealand only)

Email: nokomai.helicopters@xtra.co.nz

Web: www.nokomai.co.nz/helicopters.php

Please mention nzfishing.com when you make an enquiry or booking.


Nokomai Valley is marked on the Upper Mataura River map.

It is:

- Just over an hour's drive south of Queenstown and Te Anau

- 20 minutes by air from Queenstown airport


Fishing waters


The Mataura River on your doorstep

Mataura River

Oreti River

Mararoa River

Aparima River

Waikaia River

Nevis River

Mavora Lakes

Von river
Whitestone River

Waimea river


The area of northern Southland is rich in trout fishing waters that the guides and station owners at Nokomai can put you onto.

Local fishing
  • Nokomai Valley is well positioned as a base for fly fishing anglers with at least 27 different rivers and streams within an hours drive.
  • Most rivers in the area have low grassy banks and gentle water providing easy access to the fishing.
  • The nearest and most important river to anglers at Nokomai Valley is the Mataura River, world famous for its brown trout, which winds through the southern end of the property.


Dining room


Nokomai Valley has four separate comfortable, self-contained cottages.

- Two one bedroom cottage sleeps up to 2 people,

- A two bedroom cottage with one bathroom sleeps up to 4 people

- A two bedroom cottage with two bathrooms sleeps up to 4 people .

Each cottage is comfortable and spacious and provides:

  • Super king-size beds, or two king singles per room, electric blankets
  • Bathroom with fresh towels supplied, heated towel rails, hair dryer
  • Free Wifi
  • Large sofa bed in lounge, heating, Sky TV and phone
  • Fully equipped kitchenette includes fridge, microwave, bench-top electric hob with two elements, tea/coffee makig facilities
  • Laundry with ironing board
  • Children's highchair and portacot available
  • Private verandahs under large trees


  • Smoking is permitted outdoors only
Fishing guides
  • Nokomai Valley guides are very experienced in the local area. The guides are local residents, have exclusive vehicle access and are members of the New Zealand Fishing Guides Association.
  • Most fishing excursions are half day or full day trips.
  • A tasty fisherman's picnic lunch can be provided by arrangement.
  • Nokomai Helicopters can fly you to some of the less accessible fishing spots for a day's backcountry fishing.
  • Fishing equipment can be hired from the guide for a nominal fee but most anglers prefer to bring their own. Flies are handmade for sale at the local fly and tackle shop.


"The fishing was awesome, our guide Grant put us on to some great fish, the best going 5 lbs." Suzie Q

Your Guides

Daryl Paskell:

  • Has been a professional guide since 1996
  • Is a member of the NZPFGA
  • Has a wealth of experience and coupled with his enthusiasm and patience will ensure your success

Graeme Watson:

  • Has more than 40 years experience in fishing in the Southland and Otago region
  • Is a member of the NZPFGA
  • Chairperson of the Southland Fish & Game Organisation
  • Works for a conservation agency which protect native flora and fauna
  • Has a wealth of experience and coupled with his enthusiasm and patience will ensure your success
Nokomai Helicopters

Nokomai Helicopters, based at Nokomai Station, offers:

  • Heli-fishing and other heli-activities such as heli-hiking, heli-hunting and heli-biking
  • Scenic trips and airport transfers
  • Two generations of mountain flying experience
  • The highest attainable civil aviation certification
  • Intimate local knowledge
  • A safe and totally memorable experience

Present aircraft include:

- a Hughes 500E with seating for 4 passengers
- a Squirrel Euro with seating for 6 passengers

Local attractions and activities
  • Milford Sound
  • Mandeville vintage aircraft factory
  • Hunting,
  • Walking/hiking,
  • Mountain biking
  • History walk around Nokomai area
  • Farm tours
  • Flightseeing tours
  • Horse trekking

Due to its remote location, it is advised that visitors take advantage of the fully catered option. All cottages are set up for self-catering but be warned - the nearest shops are a long drive away!

  • Breakfast $30
  • Packed lunch $20 (note this is provided as part of full day guided packages)
  • Dinner (two courses) $50

Nokomai consistently rates 5 stars from those that stay there. These are some exerpts from a few reviews.

"Nokomai was a treat! Be sure to get there for dinner. The food was one of our best meals in NZ! "

"The cottages are large, comfortable and fully equipped. We choose to have lunches and dinners catered by the station. Louise's meals are fantastic and the portions more then generous. You will not go hungry."

"I've been fishing in NZ South Island yearly since 1991 and have stayed in a large variety of backcountry huts, motels, B+B's, tents and lodges but my recent stay at Nokomai Station this month was one of the most memorable ever. I think it's certainly amongst the most beautiful places I've ever stayed in and the hospitality from Ann and her husband and the amazing Louise who runs the accomodation is faultless."

See more reviews

Indicative tariffs
as at 1 February 2016
  • One bedroom cottage for up to 2 people: $350
  • Two bedroom, one bathroom cottage for up to 4 people: $420.00
  • Two bedroom, two bathroom cottage for up to 4 people: $510.00

These rates are per cottage per night inclusive of GST.

Trundler beds or pull-out sofa beds are available for extra guests at a nightly charge of $75 per person per night.



Please phone or email to make a booking, or use the online form at the Nokomai Valley website.

Payment methods

Cash, credit card and cheques are accepted.



Driving from Queenstown:

  • Follow SH6 south past Lake Wakatipu until you reach the township of Athol.
  • Continue for 7km south of Athol until the sign-post for Nokomai Station
  • Over the bridge at Nokomai road, take the turn off to Nokomai Station.
  • Continue along the scenic gravel access road alongside the Mataura River for 12km journey until you reach the homestead (rapid number 1212).







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