Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

  • Study wine and viticulture at NMIT. Photo credit: NMITStudy wine and viticulture at NMIT. Photo credit: NMIT
  • Students in the centre of Nelson. Photo credit: NMITStudents in the centre of Nelson. Photo credit: NMIT
  • Adventure tourism students at NMIT. Photo credit: NMITAdventure tourism students at NMIT. Photo credit: NMIT
  • You can study aquaculture. Photo credit NMITYou can study aquaculture. Photo credit NMIT
  • Art & design students put together their exhibition. Photo credit: NMITArt & design students put together their exhibition. Photo credit: NMIT

What is it that attracts you to study in New Zealand?  Is it that New Zealand is a young nation, clean and green, a land of opportunity, a place that will provide you with a healthy lifestyle where work and study is balanced with free-time to explore the remarkably beautiful land of this South Pacific nation?  Perhaps you are also drawn by the peacefulness and safety of New Zealand, and this country’s excellent education system and buoyant economy, providing you and your family with the comfortable and secure lifestyle you have dreamed of?  Or perhaps you know about the amazing outdoor adventures that await you in the mountains and waterways?

Whatever your motivations for considering a move to New Zealand, Nelson is the epitome of the kiwi experience, attracting new residents from far and wide who come in search of a truly fulfilling lifestyle.  The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is the premier tertiary education provider in the “top of the South Island”.  NMIT will help to make your integration into a new life in New Zealand a reality through providing you with a top-class education intrinsically linked with local industry for excellent employment opportunities upon graduation.

Nelson, Blenheim (Marlborough and Woodbourne), Auckland
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Why Nelson?

  • Nelson city is located in New Zealand’s second fastest growing region.  With a small urban population of around 65,000 – Nelson is a rare example of a small city with an incredibly buoyant economy.
  • The city is located in New Zealand’s sunniest region!  With a Mediterranean climate in a seaside setting, Nelson is one of the country’s top destinations for those looking for a well-balanced lifestyle.
  • Nelson is one of New Zealand’s key tourism destinations, attracting numerous local and international visitors for their holidays.
  • Fringed with golden sand beaches giving way to calm blue/green waters, Nelson provides excellent paddle boarding, sea kayaking, boating and fishing just minutes from the CBD.
  • Likewise, if land activities are more your thing, just to the south of the CBD are easily accessible hiking and biking trails ranging from beginner to advanced. 
  • Further afield the Nelson region contains three National Parks holding a ski resort and the famed Abel Tasman National Park with its excellent sea kayaking, caving and hiking opportunities.
  • The well balanced laid-back lifestyle of Nelson brings a vibrant city centre featuring an active art scene with over 300 working artists, an excellent restaurant, café and bar scene, a good range of boutique shops, and a very large nationally renowned Saturday market featuring local foods and crafts.
  • Nelson produces much of New Zealand’s fresh fruit and fish, and with 11 craft breweries and 28 boutique wineries, this region is a true destination for those that appreciate fine food and drink.


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), established in 1905, is today a premier education provider of tertiary education through to postgraduate level. NMIT is a New Zealand government funded, national provider with campuses in Nelson (main campus), Blenheim (Marlborough and Woodbourne campuses) and Auckland (international students only)

Programme Highlights

  • Nursing: NMIT’s nursing programme is one of the most highly respected in New Zealand with a 100% employment rate on graduation.
  • Tourism: Ample opportunities to use your qualification for work in the Nelson Marlborough region’s tourism industry, from hotels and wineries to intrepid adventure tourism operators.
  • Commerce and IT: As New Zealand’s second fastest growing region, commerce and IT graduates will find numerous employment opportunities in Nelson upon graduation.
  • Aquaculture, Viticulture and Winemaking: With the region producing the vast majority of New Zealand’s farmed fish and 78% or New Zealand’s grape harvest for winemaking, these specialist study areas give NMIT graduates a clear career progression into lucrative and growing industries.
  • Art and Design: Nelson is a creative capital of New Zealand, with over 300 working artists in the city, this is the ideal location to pursue your passion to build a career in art and design.
  • Maritime Studies: Nelson is home to the largest deep sea fishing port in Australasia.  NMIT offers Second Mate Foreign-going qualifications in marine engineering and nautical studies, in addition to short course, including training in the crewing of superyachts!

Study Areas

Study Abroad

Spend just a semester or year of your UK degree or take a gap year after high school to study at NMIT across a broad range of subject areas (as listed below).

Bachelor Degrees

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Management or Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems, Systems Development or ICT Infrastructure)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Media (Visual Arts and Design)
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Aquaculture and Marine Conservation
  • Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking

Postgraduate Diplomas

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise
  • Postgraduate Diploma in International Business
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Aquaculture

Additional Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate Study Areas:

  • Digital Design and Photography
  • Aeronautical Maintenance
  • Civil Engineering
  • Marine Engineering
  • Beauty and Body Therapy
  • Applied Fitness
  • Fish Farming and Fishery Management
  • Conservation
  • Tourism and Travel
  • Adventure Tourism
  • Culinary Arts
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Superyacht Crewing

Campuses in Blenheim (Marlborough and Woodbourne)

Just 1.5 hours’ drive from Nelson, deep in the heart of wine country, the Marlborough Campus specialises in offering NMIT’s Diploma and Bachelor of Viticulture and Winemaking.  The region’s vineyards produce 78% of New Zealand’s wine grape harvest, including production of the New Zealand’s flagship wine, the internationally acclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

The Woodbourne Campus is located on the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base adjacent to the civilian airport, NMIT’s qualification in aircraft maintenance engineering is taught here.  NMIT is one of only two institutes in New Zealand to offer training in aircraft engineering.

Global Campus (Auckland)

The Auckland campus is NMIT’s newest and offers programmes in commerce, information technology and civil engineering, exclusively to international students.  Within minutes’ walk of Auckland’s city centre, this campus provides a true urban experience in New Zealand’s largest city.

Links with Industry

NMIT’s qualifications have been designed in collaboration with industry, to create work ready graduates that meet local and international job market needs.  As a result, this leads to excellent employment rates for NMIT graduates across a wide range of disciplines.

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