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Waimea College

Secondary (Years 9-13, approx age 13-17)

Waimea College is co-educational secondary school of around 1550 students located at the top of New Zealand's beautiful South Island.  Our region enjoys a warm climate, a safe and friendly community and an excellent selection of high quality homestay families.  Our international students achieve highly and have gone on to study at a variety of tertiary institutions in New Zealand and around the world.  Our international department is well staffed and our students receive a high level of in-school support.  The College offers a large variety of subjects that students may success in, incuding both practical and theoretical courses.  We hope you will consider Waimea College and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Contact Waimea College
Physical address

Salisbury Rd
7020 Nelson
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Phone numbers

544 6099

  • Number of students: 1550
  • Number of international students: 55
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Banking facilities on campus
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Homestay
Waimea College occupies attractive, park-like ground set against the beautiful Richmond Hills. Our classrooms represent modern learning areas that are enjoyed by staff and students alike. All classrooms are equipped with a high level of digital technology and wireless internet.  Students at Waimea College enjoy the use of a Performing Arts Suite, a School Hall, modern cooking rooms, two gymnasisums, a school pool, extensive fields and a recently re-furbished technology block.  For a virtual tour of Waimea College, please visit www.waimea.school.nz/our-facilities/.
Nelson is a lifestyle; that’s the best way to describe it. Situated at the top north-west of the South Island, it is the sunniest region in New Zealand.

Nelson's diverse geography captures everything from the long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains

Perhaps it’s the sun, perhaps it’s the location, but Nelson has long been a magnet for creative people. There are more than 350 working artists and craftspeople living in Nelson, traditional, contemporary and Māori. Visit their studios and find a unique piece to take home with you.

Walk the sun drenched sands of Golden Bay or head inland to Takaka and see the impossibly clear waters of New Zealand’s largest freshwater springs. Walk Nelson's Abel Tasman track – it’s a three to five day walk – or, for a different view, take a sea kayaking tour around the coast and see a seal colony and little blue penguins bobbing in the water.

Or just relax. Sit in the sun, sip a wine from one of the local vineyards, and dine on the famous Nelson Bay scallops.

Accommodation options in Nelson range from basic backpacker lodges to luxury spa retreats, and everything in between.
Main centres: 

Nelson Central


Collingwood, Kaiteriteri, Marahau, Motueka, Murchison, Richmond, St Arnaud, Takaka

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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