Founded in 1856, Nelson College has the distinction of being New Zealand’s first ever state school which is why we have harboured the notion of being trail blazers ever since!
The College is located in beautiful Nelson City, the sunshine capital of New Zealand, and close to beaches, rivers, mountains, the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. Nelson is a regional centre that boosts and supports a vibrant arts community and is also an important airline hub with the fourth busiest airport in New Zealand. It is close to international airports in Wellington (25 minutes), Christchurch (45 minutes) and Auckland (80 minutes).
Nelson 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, tennis and fives courts as well as a traditional hall and modern performing arts suite.
New Zealand’s first secondary school founded in 1856, Nelson College celebrated its 150th Jubilee in April 2006.
Accommodation for boarders is provided for by two boarding houses located on the College grounds, each with their own Housemasters, Matrons and support staff. Houses also have tutors who assist students with personal study, assignments and examination preparation.
A full range of subjects and options are available for students from Year 9 to Year 13. Students participate in the NCEA assessment programme and many go on to sit for and obtain scholarships.
Several subjects at a senior level are provided in conjunction with Nelson College for Girls. Through this close association, combined drama and musical performances and dances are provided at many times throughout the school year.
Nelson College Preparatory School provides educational opportunities for boys in Years 7 and 8.
Student support services include an on-site medical facility, counsellors, careers advisors and mentors from both the College and the local community. Year 13 Leaders give the younger students strong support through the mentoring programme.
Former students have gone on to be Prime Minister, win the Nobel Prize, be leaders in education, business, academia, science, the church, performing arts and the military service, represent New Zealand in sport and other pursuits, and in several cases, to represent other countries in their chosen fields.