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Nelson College for Girls

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

Situated in the heart of the city, Nelson College for Girls is a high-achieving school which was established in 1883 in the beautiful seaside city of Nelson, which provides a safe and friendly environment for its students. We are a secondary school catering for girls from 13 - 19 years of age and we have our own Boarding House in the College grounds. We currently have 1,070 students in total, including 50 international students from some 10 different countries.

Contact Nelson College for Girls
Physical address

Trafalgar Street South
7010 Nelson
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Phone numbers

64 3 548 3104

  • Number of students: 1,070
  • Number of international students: 50
  • Females only

Qualifications available

  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay

Nelson College for Girls has been welcoming international students for over 20 years. We appreciate and are enriched by ethnic, religious and cultural diversity, by differing points of view and by diverse heritages. There is a strong support system for our international students and a sound ESOL programme, which enables those students whose English is not strong to quickly improve their skills so that they can take a full part in the life of the school. The College has a proud tradition of excellent education for girls within an environment that provides reliable support.

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

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