Visit Nokomai, Southland

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  • Nokomai is in northern Southland, about 60 minutes’ drive from both Queenstown and Te Anau. It is a high-country sheep and cattle station with a history of gold mining, and a renowned trout fishing area.

    Founded in 1857 by Scottish settler Donald Cameron, Nokomai station has a long history of cattle farming. It was also the site of gold exploration during the goldrush of the 1880s.

    The Mataura River, along with other rivers within easy reach of the station, offer some of the South Island’s best fly fishing for trout and salmon. Hunting, hiking and mountain biking are also popular outdoor activities in the area.

    Accommodation in Nokomai (NZ)

    Nokomai Station offers four self-contained cottage units that sleep from 3 to 6 guests, with all mod cons. Restaurant dining is provided from within one of the station’s original 140 year old buildings.

    Further south down the Nokomai valley, the town of Lumsden offers further accommodation options.

    Transport around Nokomai

    Access to Nokomai is by road, using private or rental vehicle, or by helicopter from surrounding locations including Queenstown and Te Anau.

    Tourist Activities around Nokomai

    Hiking and mountain biking in the high country of Nokomai Station are among its most popular activities.

    For the less physically able, scenic helicopter flights and tours by four-wheel drive vehicle can show visitors the beauty of the area.

    Because Nokomai Station is a working agricultural farm, visitors have the opportunity to view and even participate in activities such as mustering and shearing. Farm tours are available.

    The Mataura River, to the south of the Station, is renowned for its brown troutfishing. There are more than 20 other fishing rivers within one hours’ drive.

    Golfers might enjoy trying Nokomai’s “golf cross” course, in which oval shaped balls are hit towards a net, rather than onto a putting green. Clubs are available for hire from the station’s reception.

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