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National Trade Academy

Private Training Establishment

The National Trade Academy Ltd "NTA" was established in 2000 to offer a range of Pre Employment Training programmes for entry into Land based Industries including; Agriculture, Equestrian, Animal Care and Horticulture. This has now been expanded to include English for speakers of other languages.
We specialise in offering Dairy Farming programmes to international students who want to learn about the New Zealand Farming system and learn about how NZ technology, skills and knowledge makes us the world's leader in Dairy production. A more recent programme is our NZ Certificate in Animal Technology "Rural Animal Technician" Strand Level 5 which is very suitable to Veterinarian graduates who require more practical experience working with large rural animals in a rural Veterinary practice.

We also specialise in a number of English Plus Programmes including;

  • English plus Agriculture
  • English Plus Horticulture
  • English Plus Horse Rising
  • English plus Rugby

Contact National Trade Academy
Physical address

890 McLean's Island Road
8051 Christchurch
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Phone numbers

64 3 360 2192

  • Number of students: 170
  • Number of international students: 70
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • English language
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV

School features

  • Career guidance
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay

NTA has a 70 Hectare Agriculture and Equestrian centre 10 minutes from Christchurch airport. We are in a fantastic environment in a country setting with our own Riding school and Farm Park for visitors to see different animals farmed in New Zealand. We have classrooms, Dressage Arena, Show jumping Arena Lunging Arena, Stables, Farm sheds, horses and other animals used for our training. We have a Mountain Bike trail next door as well as an exotic wildlife park. We have our own bus that will pick up students from the airport and return them there at the end of the day.

Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is a land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that?

A must-see is New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Go hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park or just wander around the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula. And then there’s New Zealand's second-largest city, Christchurch known as 'The Garden City'.

Christchurch is a beautiful city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre, you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach.
Main centres: 

Akaroa, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Timaru


Amberley, Aoraki / Mount Cook, Arthur's Pass, Ashburton, Cheviot, Christchurch, Fairlie, Geraldine, Kaiapoi, Kurow, Lake Tekapo, Lyttelton, Methven, Omarama, Rangiora, Temuka, Twizel, Waimate, Waipara, Weedons

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Christchurch Educated is the local education organisation
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