At Nokomai we have an abundance of activities available right on our doorstep. These activities can be tailored to suit any fitness abilities, length of stay and special interests.


Nokomai is home to 20km of the Mataura river, two minutes drive from the Lodge, and famous for its abundance of brown trout and notorious “Mad Mataura“ mayfly hatch sending the trout into a feeding frenzy. The water is usually clear and access from the banks of most southern rivers is of an easy nature. The best time to visit is the summer months, but to avoid this busy time, we have guests booking for earlier pre Christmas months and late into April, with good results.

Other rivers nearby include: Mararoa, Whitestone, Nevis, Waikaia, Oreti, Aparima.

Fishermen staying with us have the option of fishing on their own or with one of the highly experienced guides who work in conjunction with us. The guides are affiliated to the NZ Professional Guides Association, have specific knowledge and experience with the local rivers, are very popular with their clients and attend to all the details which make a day's fishing one to remember.

Fishing Licences, Guide Rates & Gear Hire

A current NZ fishing licence is required for all our waterways. This can be prepurchased at Check to see if you need a special licence for back country areas.

Find out on for more details on any New Zealand rivers.

Gear Hire

Fishing gear is available for hire from the guides. Foot size required for waders and boots.

Guide Rates : 2019 / 20 Season

Daily Rate : for up to two clients $790, lunch included.

Half Day Rate: $400

Fishing Season

On local rivers the fishing season runs from October 1st until April 30th.

Fishing Access on Nokomai Station

Our local river, the Mataura , has several Fish and Game foot access points from the Nokomai Road which runs beside the river. The lower gorge has foot access from the Nokomai Bridge.

New Zealand has a riverbank access called the “Queen’s Chain" which gives anglers 20 metres or 22 yards walking access either side of the river bank. The access points from the road give permission to cross the property owner’s land. It is very important to close gates firmly and not disturb any grazing stock.

Guided Fishing

Full Day and half day guided fishing trips are available. Guided fishing is strongly recommended if you are new to the area. It is advantageous to have at least a day with a guide to ensure you experience quality fishing with the guide’s local knowledge.

Contact Guide : Daryl Paskell for all fishing queries or one of the listed guides.

Tips for guided fishing:

  • Book your guide in advance, especially during Nov-March
  • The guides meet you at Nokomai
  • Full day trips are 9.00am-5.00pm and include lunch
  • Maximum of two people per guide
  • Current NZ fishing licence required

Heli Fishing

Indulge yourself with exclusive fishing in the some of the regions best trout fishing in the world.

Our remote high country rivers boast some of the most spectacular trout the South Island has to offer.

Fishing spots in beautiful remote areas with a local guide can be arranged. Price depends on location.

Meet our guides

Our fishing guides have plenty of experience in this area, great personalities and work hard to give their clients a memorable day's fishing.

Daryl Paskell

With over 40 years fly fishing experience both locally and internationally, I remain as passionate today as I did when I started fly fishing at the age of 10.

Having grown up in the local area and fly-fished all my life, my wealth of experience coupled with my enthusiasm and patience will ensure your success. I have also been a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association (NZPFGA) for almost 20 years.

From the novice through to the experienced fly fisherman, I enjoy sharing the knowledge and wisdom I have gained from exploring the myths and perceptions of fly fishing.

As the head guide at Nokomai Station I look forward to providing you with the best fishing experience we have to offer and access to over 30 different rivers and streams all within an hour’s drive.

Graeme Watson

Hi I'm one of Nokomai's experienced fishing guides

With over 40 years of fly fishing experience in the Southland and Otago region,I have a sound knowledge of weather,river conditions and where to find fish.

I'm a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association,Council member and Chairman of Southland Fish & Game,Trustee of the Waiau Fisheries and Wildlife Trust and Trustee of the Wakatipu Wilding Conifer Group.

When I'm not on the river guiding or fishing you'll find me down South on our farm or in Queenstown with my family.

Grant Adolph

I am one of Nokomai’s experienced team of guides with over forty years of fly fishing experience.

Located in Queenstown for over twenty years I have fished and guided extensively throughout Southland, Otago and the Southern Lakes Region specialising in sight fishing to Wild Brown and Rainbow Trout. I am a member of the NZPFGA.

My teaching background enables me to cater to the needs of beginner fisherman through to expert anglers creating memorable days on the river. I am enthusiastic to share my wealth of local knowledge and experience with you and maximise your angling opportunities in New Zealand.

My passion extends beyond people and fly fishing through to upland game and waterfowl hunting. These have enabled me to explore the Central Otago High Country and the Southland Waterways with my New Zealand Field Trial Champion German Wirehaired Pointer Finn.

I look forward to sharing a wonderful fly fishing experience with you in our diverse and outstanding freshwater fisheries.

Walking & Hiking

History Walk

A self guided tour of our valley with a written guide available to identify the various sites, farm buildings and background history.

Other walks are available. At certain times, e.g. lambing, access is restricted to avoid disturbing the livestock.

For current information, check in with the Lodge staff, who will be able to assist.

Offsite Day Walks:

  • Te Anau - Kepler track
  • Mavora Lakes
  • Mid Dome
  • Milford Track day walk
  • Welcome Rock Trails

<h2 style="text-align: center;">Cycling & Mountain



There are a variety of trails similar to the walking tracks that are suitable for mountain biking.

Nokomai has a small number of adult bikes available for your use.

For more experienced riders, check out Welcome Rock's tracks on the nearby Roaring Lion Water Race.

Cycle through our local area on the tracks on the nearby Roaring Lion Water Race.

Cycling / Mountain Biking

There are two types of cycling nearby.

Mountain Biking

Welcome Rock Trails

Cycle Trail

Cycle through our local area on the Around The Mountain Cycle Trail

Horse Trekking

At present we do not offer horse trekking on the Nokomai property, however Rustic Rides who are on the neighbouring property have a range of fantastic options available. Contact Linda Pearse at for more information.

Bird Watching

For those interested, the Nokomai Bird brochure gives you a list of all the birds on Nokomai.

Binoculars and reference books are available from the Lodge.

Farm Famil Tours

A guided two hour vehicle tour explaining our farming, landscape, and NZ country life. Max 6 people, rate $150 per vehicle.

Local Towns Nearby

  • Queenstown:1 hour drive
  • Te Anau: 1 hour drive
  • Gore: 1 hour drive
  • Invercargill:1.5 hours drive
  • Other small towns: Athol, Garston, Lumsden and Mossburn (all under 1 hour drive)

Guest Comments

We loved our stay at Nokomai Station. What a beautiful place! Our husbands enjoyed the fishing and Kirsten and I loved the hiking and horseback riding. This is certainly a little slice of heaven! Thanks so much!

Jim and Terri, Kansas USA

Wonderful location. Great food, hospitality, cottages and of course – fishing! We caught some, missed plenty and left a few for next time. Thank you all for a memorable holiday.

Paul, Brisbane Australia

What an amazing place. Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit a high country farm, have the heli-tour and land and begin to understand the underpinnings of this vast operation. It was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand.

Sharon and Andrew, Ohio USA

What an amazing place. Thank you so much for the opportunity to visit a high country farm, have the heli-tour and land and begin to understand the underpinnings of this vast operation. It was the highlight of our trip to New Zealand.

Sharon and Andrew, Ohio USA