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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.

Term Dates 2016

Term 1 – Wednesday 3 February to Friday 15 April
Easter break – Friday 25 March to Tuesday 29 March
Term 2 – Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3 – Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4 – Monday 10 October to Thursday 15 December

Due to the the large number of parents leaving attendance messages on the answer phone, if possible
please email attendance using:


NZQA TT LOGO 2016          Practice exam Timetable 2016

Latest News

  • Term 2 Newsletter 2016

  • July 7, 2016
  • An exciting time for Nelson College rugby

  • June 22, 2016
  • Rugby School in England have invited Nelson College through Headmaster Gary O’Shea to participate in the celebrations for Rugby School’s 450th Anniversary....
  • 1stXV take the Moascar cup 18-3!!

  • June 18, 2016
  • First time in history that we have even been able to challenge for the most important trophy in NZ schools rugby let alone take it!!  Moascar cup  100yrs on from its...

  • May 6, 2016
  • Nominations are invited for the election of FIVE parent representatives to the Nelson College Board of Trustees. A nomination form and a notice calling for nominations...


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