Our School


Today’s young men are very different from 167 years ago.  They’re diverse and aspire to a wide range of careers and community involvement at and beyond college. 

At Nelson College we’re here to support you and your son.  To create a safe, challenging and fun environment that will see him succeed as himself in today’s and tomorrow’s world.

We believe that college should be an exciting stage of life for young men.  It’s a time for them to try new things, build lifelong friendships, and succeed academically to prepare for life beyond school. 

As a specialist in boys’ education, we provide the structure, opportunities and pastoral care to see your son succeed.  We care for our rangatahi’s mental and physical wellbeing, providing a safe space for young men of all orientations, beliefs and interests.

We want to see your son belong and excel at Nelson College.  We look forward to working together to find your son’s passion and to start his legacy at Nelson College.

Educating for the Future Since 1856

Young men want to explore.  They want learning to be fun and challenging; a place where they can question and test new ideas, as well as acquire the skills and knowledge they’ll need to succeed in the next chapter of their education and life beyond college.

At Nelson College our curriculum and teaching is designed with boys in mind.  We want our students to be excited about life, knowing that it’s often challenging, and to discover and pursue their dreams.

School should be somewhere that provides the space and support for young men to learn and find their passion.  A place to be encouraged and extended to succeed in learning.

Village for Everyone

Nelson College offers a welcoming place and genuine sense of belonging.  All students, staff and whānau are welcome and celebrated, regardless of ethnicity, orientation, belief, disability or social demographic background.

The college provides outstanding learning support and pastoral care.  This underpins students’ learning and personal wellbeing, and defines our students’ behaviour and relationships between teachers, students and their peers.