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Young Men Taking Their Place in the World

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

  • 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...
  • Nelson College Community Service for 2018

  • December 14, 2017
  • Nelson College has managed to donate $13 897.24 to the Cancer Society this year with funds raised from the Runathon and some of the mufti day collections. We have also...
  • End of year Newsletter

  • December 13, 2017
  • Nelson College Peru Trip Raffle results

  • November 22, 2017
  • Nelson College Peru Trip that was drawn on 23rd October Results are: D Atkinson – $200 Hopgoods Voucher K Hayes – Talley’s Frozen Food Bin I Firmin – Refurbished...

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