A high-country sheep and cattle station situated an hour from Queenstown and Te Anau, Nokomai is one of the larger properties in New Zealand. It is well-known for both its farming and gold-mining history. Nokomai Valley accommodations give you the opportunity to experience station life for yourself. You can enjoy activities such as fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and horse riding, or you can go backcountry with Nokomai Helicopters. The Mataura River, a world-famous trout fishery, winds its way through the southern end of the property.
Nokomai is a popular base for guided fly fishing anglers, having at least 25 rivers within a one-hour drive, including the Mataura, Mararoa, Whitestone, Aparima, Waikaia, and Nevis. The nearest and most important river to anglers at Nokomai is the Mataura, only two minutes away.
There are four comfortable one- or two-bedroom cottages, each with spacious living areas and a kitchenette. The dining and reception area, located in the adjacent old stone historic house built in the 1870s, is a great place to relax in the evenings with well-prepared meals and New Zealand wines.
Bring a 6-wt. fly rod and rubber-soled wading boots (felt-soled boots are not allowed in New Zealand). The guides have gear available and a rental program. Quality raingear and polarized glasses are essential. Dress in layers; we suggest neutral colors. Don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent.
The closest commercial airport is Queenstown, about an hour away. Most clients rent a car, but transfers (even by helicopter) can be arranged. There is no set itinerary, but we suggest a minimum 4-night/3-day stay for anglers. Exceptional guiding is provided. There are many non-fishing activities on this working farm and there is abundant sightseeing in the region. Many guests continue on to Te Anau and Milford Sound after staying at Noklomai. For an authentic Kiwi-run program on an amazing remote sheep station, Nokomai is tough to beat and it’s a great value!
Operates from early October-April. Based on the current rate of exchange, high season rates for a 4-night/3-day inclusive fishing package start at $1,913 per person based on double occupancy/shared guide. Other packages quoted upon request. A terrific value for a high quality lodge experience.
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