Nelson College for Girls

Personal excellence in all we do
Respect ourselves, each other and the environment
Integrity and innovation.
Diversity—celebration of a range of cultures.
Empathy, caring


Nelson College for Girls was set up in 1883 by the first woman to attend university in New Zealand. It currently has 1,150 students with 150 boarders. The school takes pride in excellent pastoral support, and it offers students many opportunities to explore outdoor activities with its close proximity to three national parks and some of the most unspoilt beaches with the clearest water in the world. As mentioned under Nelson College, there are joint classes with Nelson College (for boys). Another key feature of Nelson College for Girls is that they personalized learning for each student (adapting their teaching methodology according to the students’ needs). The College offers the option of boarding or homestay.

Pastoral Care & Support


  • The tutor teachers, Dean and Guidance Staff
  • The Dean follows the year group for all of their five years
  • Excellent ICT centre, e.g. 3-D printers


  • Students are assessed on arrival
  • Small specialized and intensive English language classes
  • English for Academic purposes
  • Supportive, secure, family-atmosphere boarding ‘home’ away from home
  • Friendly homestay families

Academic Success

  • NCEA Certificate Endorsements with Merit & Excellence well above National Average.
  • 2014 NCEA results gained comparing to National average results.

Fees & Timetable

Tuition Fee:
Full yearNZD12,850
3 termsNZD9,637.50
2 termsNZD6,425
1 termNZD3,212.50
Application feeNZD500
NZ Government levyNZD430 / year
Holiday administration feeNZD200
Boarding Fee:
Term timeNZD10,950
Finding feeNZD200
Holiday administration feeNZD200
Uniforms and stationaryNZD800
NCEA fee (year 11-13)NZD390 / year
Insurance / year (EST)NZD580
General living expensesNZD2,750

12 Feb 201615 Apr 2016
22 May 20168 Jul 2016
325 Jul 201623 Sep 2016
410 Oct 201616 Dec 2016

Student Success Stories

  • 66% of students graduate and go on to university or other tertiary study all over the world. The National Average is 58%.
  • 18 scholarships gained in Year 13.
  • Nelson College for Girls won 21 of the 32 awards in the annual Science Awards for years 9 to 13. These awards included the two Supreme Awards.
  • Year 13 Economics students Laura Harding gained a Distinction award while Sophie Chan, Katelyn McManus & Hien Trong obtained a Credit award in the NZ Economics Competition.

Lifestyle Balance

There are a wealth of opportunities for girls to become passionate pursuers of a wide range of activities outside the classroom. These cover the full range of the Arts – both performing and visual arts, music etc. The college has a strong record of highly successful individual sportswomen, as well as winning teams at both regional and national levels. There are over 78% of students participate in sport because NCG provides an environment that builds confidence, promotes competition, well-being and self-development.

  • The 18-year-old NCG centre-back has been selected to represent NZ at the U-20 Oceania Football Championship where the winner gets automatic qualification to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup!
  • In 2013 Stella Nova choir, Ms Rebecca Monopoli, won the Regional Big Sing choral competition
  • House system: Every student belongs to one of five houses – Dun, Matai, Maugatapu, Waimea and Whangamoa. Throughout the year the Houses compete in a variety of sporting and cultural activities to earn points to be the top House of the Year.
  • Has an extremely strong Music and Drama extra curricular programme.  There are always groups practicing and competing throughout the year.

Application Forms

Student Testimonials

  • Asuka Yamamoto – Japan

    “I’ve been studying abroad for two years and this is my second year. I’ve been to other towns in New Zealand, but I always feel that I am lucky to be able to study in Nelson. My hobby is playing the piano and I had heard that Nelson was called the ‘Artistic Town’. That would probably be the reason why I’ve had so many opportunities to be able to perform and play the piano. There are many concerts for music or dance such as classical ballet, modern dance etc. I also like the weather in Nelson—it’s quite warm the whole year round and it doesn’t snow in winter time. So I would say Nelson is a good place to live.”

  • Phichaphon Khlaiphayak – Thailand

    “There are many friendly kiwi students in Nelson College and many activities to do such as Cultural Diversity Day for International students where they give a chance for us to present our own cultures and Mufti day for donating money to help people who have a problem. In addition, there is a Senior Dance where students from girls’ college and students from other schools come to dance together to have fun and make new friends. The environment of the school is natural and has clean air. I am really happy with my life in NCG with my adorable classmates and good teachers who always help me in everything when I had a problem with English and they tried to explain about things until I got it. All of the teachers are active in teaching International students and they have experience in understanding students who are starting to learn a new language. In this school, there are many students from different countries such as Japan, Germany, China and Hong Kong so I can learn other languages from my friends. I am thankful to this school that gives us a lot of fantastic experiences in New Zealand. If you would like to have an experience like me I can guarantee that this school will give many things for you and you will love this school for sure. Lastly, I am grateful to everybody who has helped me to improve my English skills and personality.”

ERO Report

The Education Review Office reported recently:

“International students have the option of either boarding in the school hostel or in home-stays. Students study ESOL, based on their abilities and tertiary study goals. Students appreciate warm, caring and supportive relationships with staff. They enjoy the homelike atmosphere provided in the International House.”

“Student leaders support other girls’ involvement in academic, arts, cultural, sports and other activities. Contribution to the wider school community is encouraged through mentoring and mediator roles. A thorough review of the pastoral care network has resulted in deans and tutor teachers monitoring individual student wellbeing, course selection and career choices more closely.”

This is a report done by the Ministry of Education to the quality of schools across New Zealand.

See the ERO report

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