Nelson English Centre


Learn English Where Kiwis Love to Live


The Nelson English Centre is a leading English school in New Zealand. Our internationally qualified and experienced teachers are experts in helping you learn English quickly. Nelson, located in the South Island, offers the perfect balance between a vibrant seaside town and access to stunning nature.


Nelson English Centre






Connect with Kiwis and share their lifestyle


Nelson is the sunniest city in New Zealand. Kiwis rank Nelson among the top cities for lifestyle, education, and beach activities. It’s a welcoming community with a sense of art, music, and fun. Walking, hiking, mountain biking, and Tahuna Beach are all easily accessible from downtown. People are friendly and engage in conversation with you. You’ll quickly feel at home here and make friends with like-minded students.




School Life


Your experience at the Nelson English Centre

Student life at Nelson English Centre is unlike any other school. The student area is designed for you to mingle with teachers, staff, and students from other countries. Ninety percent of our weekly school activities are conducted by NEC staff. This frequent social interaction between staff and students gives the school a community atmosphere. Our student and agent feedback consistently ranks NEC as top for speaking English only in the study room. This means you can learn English faster while having good conversations.




Our People


Our students love the community atmosphere at NEC. You can easily chat with students from all nationalities, teachers, and staff. You’ll build lasting bonds. Join us.






Be here. Not there.

Crystal-clear sea, snow-capped mountains, golden beaches, natural forest. Just an hour’s drive from Nelson are three stunning national parks, including the famous Abel Tasman Park. Each weekend, our students explore the beautiful nature in these parks. As locals, we have an in-depth knowledge of the Nelson region and offer the best spots, routes, and prices for our students. You’ll make unforgettable memories of your experiences.






Learn confidently with strong international accreditations

The Nelson English Centre is one of only two IALC schools in New Zealand. This means we have highly qualified teachers, a top-notch academic management system, and high standards of student care. We have a very high percentage of permanent staff with the DELTA diploma compared to other schools. This means you’ll have a professional, well-organized, and enjoyable classroom experience. Among provincial schools in New Zealand, NEC has the highest number of candidates passing Cambridge FCE and CAE exams each year.

Study at Nelson English Centre. Learn English. Achieve your goals.




Nelson Region


Nelson Region is a unique blend of beaches, mountains, and interesting people. Nelson sits at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, surrounded by three national parks. In a day, students can easily explore Golden Bay, Abel Tasman from Nelson city. Within three hours, students can easily embark on a weekend trip to the Marlborough Sounds, the West Coast, or Kaikoura for whale watching.




Nelson enjoys a clear Mediterranean climate. It doesn’t have extremely hot or cold temperatures. Nelson is New Zealand’s top tourist destination for a summer beach holiday. Nelson is known to have the best winter climate in New Zealand.




Nelson City


Nelson is one of New Zealand’s oldest cities with a rich culture, lively cafes, and tree-lined welcoming streets. The English school is opposite Nelson’s historic cathedral and a two-minute walk to Trafalgar Street’s shops, bars, banks, and restaurants. Students appreciate how easily they can talk to locals and practice their English. Homestays are often within walking or biking distance from the school. Living in Nelson is convenient and lively without the hassles of big cities.




Within a 1-kilometer radius of the school, you can:


– Sit on the grassy banks of the Maitai River

– Get to know and chat with locals, shopkeepers, and staff

– Enjoy the famous Saturday Market produce in Nelson

– Access a network of 20 km of hiking trails in the Grampians hills

– Have lunch in the sunshine, sitting on the cathedral steps

– Find a wide variety of international dishes



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