Nelson College for Boys

The first state secondary school to have been founded in New Zealand, Nelson College has a long history of tradition which forms the backdrop to its modern educational practice. Sound academic rigour and unlimited opportunities for building character have earned it recognition throughout the country as a leader in boys’ education, both in and out of the classroom. Study of the Māori language and culture are promoted and facilitated at Nelson College.


Geographic Location

The College is located in picturesque Nelson City, the “sunshine capital” of New Zealand, where it is close to beaches, rivers, mountains, and the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. A regional hub that boosts and supports a vibrant arts community, it is also close to international airports in Wellington (25 minutes), Christchurch (45 minutes) and Auckland (80 minutes).

School Facilities

Students have access to excellent facilities for learning, sport, leisure and performing arts. The 22 hectares of grounds include playing fields, a pool, two gymnasiums, tennis and fives courts as well as a traditional hall and modern performing arts suite.

Academic Results

Nelson’s students stand out not only for their grades; former pupils have gone on to become 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 even to represent other countries in their chosen fields.

Extra-curricular Activities 

Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including science fair projects, problem solving challenges, rock bands, debating, music tuition, spelling bees and choir.


Location Nelson, NZ
School Types State boarding school
Category All-boys
Founded Year 1856
Number of Students 1,067
School Website
School Address 67 Waimea Road, Nelson 7010