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Nelson might have the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand, but there is so much more to this area than beautiful weather!

This seaside town has a population of 51,000 and is known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Living in Nelson as a student

Nelson has a college town feel, complete with tree-lined streets and a convenient town centre with cafes and restaurants. Nelson residents love chatting with visitors, so you can practise your English while planning what to do with your time outside of the classroom.

What to see in the Nelson region

With three National Parks within 90 minutes of the city, Nelson gets a lot of international visitors. There are long golden beaches, forests and mountains. You can go walking, hiking on some world-famous tracks, biking, or kayaking.

At Able Tasman National Park you’ll feel like you’re in paradise and can even swim with the seals. In the wintertime you’ve got great options and can go skiing or snowboarding at The Rainbow Ski Area.

What to do in Nelson

Nelson offers the perfect mix of arts, culture and nature. Home to painters, sculptors and potters, you can visit galleries and buy artisan foods. The WOW (World of Wearable Art) Museum shows just how creative New Zealanders are.

If you want adventure, Nelson can provide it for you so check out one of their epic adventure options.

You can also enjoy award-winning restaurants, craft beers, wonderful seasonal produce and some of the best wines New Zealand makes in Nelson and the surrounding region.

Why learn English in Nelson?

Take a look at some of the stunning pictures online and imagine all the places you’ll visit while you master your English skills. 

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Nelson English Centre
Located at the top of the South Island, the beautiful city of Nelson is well-known as being the sunshine capital of NZ it is the perfect place to “study where kiwis love to live”. Student life at NEC is different to other schools. The student zone is specially designed so...