Nelson Experience

What is Nelson Experience?

It is a course for short-stay international Students from all over the world. It is a fantastic opportunity to get to know other international students as well as the local culture. You get the chance to do amazing outdoor activities like mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, abseiling, sailing, snorkelling, tramping and a lot more.

We think it has been the best thing we have done in our year in New Zealand. While we were doing all of these activities our group grew so close and at the end we were like sisters! We will never forget our time with Nelson Experience.  It was a “once in a lifetime experience”.  The people were just awesome and we had so much fun.

We really want to thank Nelson College for Girls for this unique program!

Marie Klempin & Milena Markwardt



Nelson Experience takes place one afternoon each week and is an opportunity for our short-stay international students to experience the outdoor opportunities in the Nelson/Tasman region. These activities may include mountain biking, climbing, abseiling, sailing, snorkelling, sea kayaking, tramping and horse riding. A combination of school facilities and equipment, local venues and outside providers is used. The class meets one afternoon a week for three hours. This is an optional course for Terms 1+2, and in Terms 3+4, it is compulsory for short stay students (6 months or less) to be involved in the programme.


Near the end of Term 4, when New Zealand students are having National Examinations, the Nelson Experience group participate in "extended activities".The students take part in expeditions which might include sea kayaking in the Abel Tasman National Park and tramping in Kahurangi National Park. This provides an opportunity for planning food requirements, learning how to cope in different weather conditions, clothing needs and safety requirements. The opportunity to learn about group dynamics, organisational skills and leadership are positive outcomes from these expeditions. The whole planning process is documented and approved prior to departure and the expeditions are all fully supervised



The fees for 2018 and 2019 Nelson Experience will be $185 for each of Terms 1, 2 & 3 and $90 for Term 4.

The Extended Activities Programme is included in the school Tuition Fee.