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Nokomai Valley Lodge

1212 Nokomai Road, Athol, Southland

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Nokomai Valley Lodge has been designed as a fishing lodge situated on a large high-country sheep and beef working farm. It is strategically located for anglers to take advantage of the superb southern rivers with their world renown brown trout fishing. The Mataura River winds it's way for at least 20km through the southern end end of the station.

The Lodge provides fully catered accommodation and clients enjoy the country hospitality and sharing the quality meals with other guests.

Contact Details

Owner/Hosts: Ann and Brian Hore

Manager: Louise Mackenzie

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

Email: [email protected]


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Indicative tariff as at 1 Jan 2019

One bedroom cottage for up to 2 people: $350

Two bedroom, one bathroom cottage for up to 4 people: $440.00

Two bedroom, two bathroom cottage for up to 4 people: $550.00

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

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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

- The lodge provides all meals and is fully licensed.


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
Fishing Guides

Nokomai Valley guides are very experienced in the local area. The guides are local residents, have vehicle access to many remote waters 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 Valley Lodge is well positioned as a base for fly fishing anglers with at least 27 different rivers, lakes 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.

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


Nokomai consistently rates 5 stars from those that stay there. These are some excerpts 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 accommodation is faultless."

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