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Nayland College

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

Nayland College is a co-educational High School of approximately 1000 students located in Nelson, the sunshine capital of New Zealand. Nayland College is renowned for its academic success and for its innovative teaching programmes. Nayland College is one of four Microsoft Showcase Schools in New Zealand. Specialist subjects include: Outdoor Education (Nelson is surrounded by three National Parks, including the beautiful and world renowned Abel Tasman National Park), Spanish, Marine Science, Psychology, Photography, Art, Dance, Drama, Sciences, Journalism and French. Nayland College also offers free Cambridge English preparation classes and students can sit the examination in Nelson.

 Activities are an important part of the education offered at Nayland and these include: Sport (such as football, volleyball, basketball, rugby and many more), Chess; Concert Band; Dance Company; Debating; Jazz Band; Musical Productions; Environmental Sustainability, String Ensemble; Orchestra; Vocal Company; Rock Climbing; Shakespeare and Theatre Sports and so much more.

 Nayland College was national recognised for its care of International Students. We pride ourselves on the support that we provide to students, both at school and in the homestay environment.

 For more information please look at our website: www.nayland.school.nz

Contact Nayland College
Physical address

166 Nayland Road, Stoke
7011 Nelson
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  • Number of students: 1000
  • Number of international students: 60
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

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


  • Homestay

Features of the local area: Nelson is a small, safe town of approximately 50,000 people, situated at the top of the South Island http://www.nelsonnz.com/ . Nelson is the Sunshine capital of New Zealand. It is well known for its outdoor activities, art and crafts. It is surrounded by three National parks which offer golden beaches, water sports and alpine adventures.

English as a second language programs: Nayland College offers 5 ESOL classes, as well as mainstream options, to provide a range of opportunities for students from beginners to advanced English speakers.

Curriculum: A full range of curriculum areas is available. Areas of specialisation include: Outdoor Education, Marine Science, Psychology, Photography, Art, Dance, Drama, Sciences, Journalism, Spanish, Chinese….and so much more

 Sports and extracurricular activities: Activities are an important part of the education offered at Nayland

 Extracurricular activities include: Chess; Christian Group; Concert Band; Dance Company; Debating; Jazz Band; Languages Club; Musical Productions; Nayland Environmental Sustainability Team; String Ensemble; Orchestra; Vocal Company; Rock Climbing; Shakespeare and Theatre Sports and so much more

 Sports include:

Term 1 and Term 4 have summer sports activities including: Touch Rugby; Volleyball; Cricket; Tennis Softball. Students Can Also Join Local Sports Clubs to do Athletics; Cycling; Mountain Biking, Archery; Badminton; Squash; Bowls; Boxing; Canoeing; Climbing; Croquet; Dance Sport; Golf; Swimming; Multi-sports; Orienteering; Rowing; Sailing…

Terms 2 and 3 have similar sports, including: Netball; Basketball; Hockey; Rugby, Football (Soccer). Students can also join local clubs for Sports such as: Skiing/Snowboarding, cycling & Mountain biking; Bowls; Boxing; Climbing; Dance Sport; Golf…

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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