Nelson College is an innovative boys’ school founded in 1856. The college takes pride in being New Zealand’s oldest state school with a rich heritage of tradition forming a backdrop to modern educational practice. Nelson College celebrated its 150th Jubilee in April 2006.
Former students include such eminent New Zealanders as Nobel Laureate Lord Ernest Rutherford and New Zealand Prime Ministers Sir Wallace Rowling and Sir Geoffrey Palmer . And the leaders in education, business, academia, science, the church, performing arts and the military service.
Nelson College is situated in a picturesque setting, with excellent facilities for learning, sport, leisure and performing arts. Twenty two hectares of impressive grounds include playing fields, a pool, two gymnasiums, tennis and fives courts as well as a traditional hall and modern performing arts suite.
Nelson College has high expectations of its students in their academic, co-curricular and personal development. We pride ourselves on providing many and varied opportunities for young men that will give them a bright future and allow them to take their place in the world.