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, which is world famous for its abundance of brown trout and clear waters which provide excellent opportunities for sight fishing. The Mataura rise (mayfly hatch) can happen at any time where the water becomes alive with the frenzy of feeding trout.

Most rivers in the area of Northern Southland have relatively easy access to river banks and are reasonable to walk to as they are not set amidst steep terrain.

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

Nokomai is well positioned as a popular base for fly-fishing anglers with a vast array of different rivers and streams within an hours drive.

These include:

  • Mataura River
  • Makaroa River
  • Whitestone River
  • Aparima River
  • Waikaia River
  • Nevis River

Fishermen staying at Nokomai have the option of fishing on their own or with one of the highly experienced guides who work in with us. Check out for further details on each of the rivers.

Fishing Licences, Guide Rates & Gear Hire

A fishing licence is required for all our waterways. These can be purchased online from or from various sport and fishing stores. We advise that you obtain one before your arrival.

Non resident licences for 2016/17

Season: $163
Day rate: $20

Please also check to see if you require any special licences; these are available at no extra cost.

Guide Rates for 2016/2017

Daily rate for up to two clients: $750 (lunch included)

Half day rate: $375

Gear Hire

The guides have gear available for hire, please inquire when booking as to your requirement.

Guided Fishing

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

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
  • Some fishing gear is available for hire
  • All guides are NZPFGA members

Meet our guides

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

With over 40 years of fishing experience in the Southland and Otago region, I have a sound knowledge of weather, river conditions and most importantly I know the right spots to find fish. I'm a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association, council member of Southland Fish & Game and also work for a conservation agency which protect native flora and fauna. Come and join me for an unforgettable fishing experience at Nokomai amongst the most amazing lakes and rivers in New Zealand. I look forward to meeting you.

Grant Adolph

I am one of Nokomai’s experienced team of guides also with over 40 years of fly fishing experience.

Located in Queenstown for over 20 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 also 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 excited 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.

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 on application as depends on location.

Walking & Hiking

Nokomai is home to a variety of tracks and trails ideal for exploring our high country setting at your own pace.

You can choose from a short stroll through to a full days hike and the trails suit a variety of fitness levels. Information is available on most tracks to guide yourself and identify the points of interest.

The Valley Walk

Stroll at your leisure around the Nokomai Valley, using the written guide available to inform you about our farm settlement, prominent landscape features and background history.

> Easy flat terrain

River Walk

Follow the Mataura river banks as they intertwine with the picturesque high country.

> Easy flat terrain

Gold Walk

Visit the old Chinese graves and spot the gold mining remains at Nokomai.

> Hill and flat

Around the Moa

Hike through our tussock clad hill country for some great views.

> Hill and flat

High Tops Explorer

Helicopter out to one of the mountain tops and walk home.

> Fine weather only

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 eg 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

Cycling & Mountain Biking

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's tracks on the nearby Roaring Lion Water Race.

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.

Birds Watchers

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 Tours

Nokomai is a fully operational high country sheep and cattle station. Guided station and farm tours are available, offering a two hour ‘real’ New Zealand farm experience.

  • 1 person - $80
  • 2 people - $150
  • Each additional person (2+ years) - $25pp

Note: Maximum of 6 people and farm tours will vary dependent on season.

Local Tours

Personalised tours of our local area can be arranged, visiting the small local towns of Lumsden, Mossburn, Kingston and Athol with lunch included.

We can also arrange trips to other attractions further south.

The best way to arrange one of these tours is to either contact us before you arrive, or during your stay, indicating special interests and preferences.

$475 for 2 people

$75 for each additional person (max. 4)

Tours & Trips

Scenic Helicopter Trips

Nokomai Helicopters is a commercial helicopter company based on site.

For a trip of your choice please refer to Nokomai Helicopters.

Local Must See Attractions

Croydon Aircraft Museum

The Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view and fly in the vintage Tiger and Fox Moth planes. The aircraft museum is open 7 days with admission fees being $10 for adults and children free. The Croydon Aircraft Company specialises in the manufacturing and restoration of 1930s wooden and fabric bi-planes. The Mandeville Fly-In is a great family event held annually in March showcasing the aircraft heritage as well as festival activities.

Northern Southland Heritage Trail

The heritage trail tells the story of the Northern Southland people, culture and history.

It provides a variety of activities, heritage sites and history, home stays amidst spectacular scenery & delightful townships.

Around the Mountain Cycle Trail

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail offers the best of easy back country cycling in the beautiful environments of Queenstown and Northern Southland. The cycle trails offer multi-day and single day options as well as guided and independent. Lunch and refreshments are included in the multi-day guided trips. The trail encompasses stunning views, historic towns, farmland, lakeside biking and alpine vistas. You cycle alongside rivers, through the native tussock lands of Walter Peak and Mt Nicholas Station, through the Mavora Lakes and high country stations.

Milford Sound Day Trips

In Milford Sound you’ll see towering cliffs and peaks – including the iconic Mitre Peak that rises more than a kilometre straight out of the sea. Cascading waterfalls, luxuriant rainforests, glacial and mountain views are just some of the things to enjoy on the scenic or nature cruises. These can be a daytrip or for a more immersive experience overnight cruises are available.

Doubtful Sound Day Trips

Doubtful Sound’s rugged peaks, verdant rainforests and twisting, hidden inlets will take your breath away. Home to an abundance of wildlife keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and rare Fiordland Crested penguins. The isolation of Doubtful Sound makes the fiord a very special place with no direct road access, the only way you can to get to Doubtful Sound is by a cruise across Lake Manapouri and a coach trip over Wilmot Pass.

Further Attractions

> Queenstown
>Bill Richardson Transport World
> Southern Scenic Route
> Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre in Mandeville
> Relax and read a book !!

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

My idea of heaven on earth! Wonderful hospitality again (4th visit). Such wonderful fishing on a tremendous river in the best scenery in the world. Our warmest thanks!

Sarah and John, UK