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Nelson College


Nelson-Tasman Marlborough


Nelson College is an innovative boys’ school founded in 1856. The college takes pride in being New Zealand’s oldest state school with a rich heritage of tradition forming a backdrop to modern educational practice.

The latest ERO report (2016) has acknowledged and reinforced the Nelson College Vision.

  • The college has a long history and students and staff are proud of its traditions. Its vision is to equip students with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that they need to fulfil their potential as citizens in the 21st century. High priority is given to a sense of belonging among students.
  • Students are encouraged and supported to take increasing responsibility for their own learning and progress.
  • Teachers effectively engage students in learning. Interactions are respectful, friendly and cooperative. Positive relationships are evident between teachers and learners. Staff demonstrate a strong commitment to professional learning and development.
  • The college’s curriculum is driven by the board’s outcome-focussed strategic goals: academic excellence; personal development; and a sense of belonging. Senior leaders have developed a curriculum that effectively meets the changing and increasingly diverse needs of individuals and groups of students at the college.
  • School-wide career education and guidance is cohesive, sequential and effectively co-ordinated.

Nelson College has high expectations of its students in their academic, co-curricular and personal development. We pride ourselves on providing many and varied opportunities for young men that will give them a bright future and allow them to take their place in the world.

More about Nelson College

International students come to study at Nelson College from all around the world. We have excellent English language courses and offer you an exciting opportunity to study in a progressive boys’ school.

Nelson College offers a full orientation programme, guidance and pastoral care. ESOL programmes or Specialised English Language Programmes are offered at all levels, taught by trained ESOL teachers. We offer many courses with a strong academic focus as well as arts, drama, music and cultural co-curricular activities.

International students have the choice of living in one of two boarding houses at the College or living with a New Zealand family in an International Homestay.

New Zealand is a unique country with magnificent scenery, friendly people and a safe environment.  Nelson is situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and has a population of 80,000. The region has a mild sunny climate and easy access to beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers and National Parks for recreation.  From Nelson’s busy regional airport there are daily direct flights to the international airports at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Nelson’s lively city centre is within walking distance of the College and offers all the amenities you would expect in a modern city.


Contact details


Nelson College
67 Waimea Road
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Phone number

+64 3 548 3099
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