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Welcome to Nelson College

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 College is situated in a picturesque setting, with excellent facilities for learning, sport, leisure and performing arts. Twenty two hectares of impressive grounds include playing fields, a pool, two gymnasiums, and tennis courts as well as a traditional Hall and modern performing arts facilities.

2018 Term Dates

Term 1 – Wednesday 31 January to Friday 13 April
Note: Preparatory School start Tuesday 30 January at 11am
Term 2 – Monday 30 April to Friday 6 July
Term 3 Monday 23 July to Friday 28 September
Term 4 – Monday 15 October to Thursday 13 December


Latest News

  • Behind the Scenes at Nelson College

  • February 13, 2018
  • This is a special PTA event for all interested parents who would like to know more about places in the college you may not have had the opportunity to visit before. Come...
  • Mountain Biking opportunities 2018

  • February 12, 2018
  • Kia ora Parents and Happy New Year, The co-curricular team have been working for a while on providing opportunities for students to develop their Mountain biking, a sport...
  • Whooping Cough message from Public Health Service

  • February 7, 2018
  • Due to the current Whooping Cough outbreak in the region the Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service would like you to read the attached advisory notice. There are...
  • Nelson College Basketball

  • December 15, 2017
  • We have been working hard behind the scenes to establish a Basketball programme that will give the best possible opportunity for our young men to reach their potential in...

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