ExpLore Nelson-Marlborough

Dishing up a winning combination of beautiful surroundings, sophisticated art and culinary scenes, and lashings of sunshine, Nelson is hailed as one of NZ’s most ‘liveable’ cities. Lonely Planet.

The region is well known for its enviable lifestyle, great climate, creative arts scene, and welcoming community. Nelson offers all the perks of living in a city, whilst being able to enjoy the surrounding natural landscape and close proximity to the beach. The town of Blenheim is located at the gateway of the Marlborough Sounds and at the heart of New Zealand's icon wine region.

There is so much to see and do in Nelson-Marlborough - there's something for everyone,  from those who like adventure and action packed sport, to those who prefer arts and performance.

Your experience with us doesn't end in the class room. Our schools and colleges are a strong part of our community, and students are privileged to take an active role in regional events, sports and activities. You will be encouraged to take part in all that our region has to offer - helping you to develop new skills and providing you with an experience that will last a life time. 


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A vibrant city centre surrounded by three national parks. The Nelson-Tasman area is New Zealand's strongest performing economy, with the South Island city topping ASB's regional economic scoreboard for the third quarter in a row, and located at the centre of nationally significant industries such as ICT, aquaculture, horticulture, aviation, forestry and tourism.

The region is strong on family values and a sense of ‘local’ community. One in four people living here are born overseas.  and as an international student in the region you become apart of our whānau (family).

The Nelson-Tasman district has a combined population of approximately 100,000. Nelson city, with a population of around 48,000, is the 10th most populated city in New Zealand.

HighlightsNew Zealand's artistic capital | Thriving city centre | World-renown national parks: Able Tasman, Kahurangi,  and Nelson Lakes | Centre of New Zealand |






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Blenheim and Picton are the largest of the five main centres of Marlborough. The latter sits as the gateway to the famous Marlborough Sounds showcasing a vast network of stunning scenic bays, fishing spots, accommodation and water sports.

The charming town of Blenheim is the hub of the famous Marlborough wine and is the largest wine growing area in the country. The area has a growing economy with wine and viticulture, tourism and aquaculture as the main industries, as well as high-value industries such as manuka honey and specialty garlic.

Marlborough has a population of approximately 45,000, with Blenheim as the district's largest urban centre.

Highlights: World famous wineries | Marlborough Sounds |Aviation |Witherhills walking/biking tracks |Sporting events





Three national parks in the Nelson-Tasman region, the Marlborough Sounds for fishing and boating, Nelson a Gold Mountain bike area (one of only 6 in the world), walking treks, ski field, beaches for surfing and kite boarding, new swimming pools,  there is so much to see and do here in Nelson-Marlborough.

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The great climate in the region means that there is a host of outdoor sporting events to take part in. People in Nelson-Marlborough are fit and active


There is always something happening in the region, whether it's the Nelson Arts Festival, Picton's Maritime Week, Marlborough Garden Show, Christmas parades, music events, cultural celebrations, farming shows ..... the list goes on an on.  Visit the event guide below to find out what's happening now:

Nelson Event Guide: https://www.nelsontasman.nz/visit-nelson-tasman/reasons-to-visit/events/

Nelson Events: www.itson.co.nz

Nelson Arts Festival: http://www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz/

Marlborough Event Guide: https://marlboroughnz.com/events/ 

Marlborough Civic Theatre: http://www.mctt.co.nz/line-up/

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