Graduate Programs at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)

The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
New Zealand is well known for being a beautiful country with abundant ecotourism opportunities, but a lesser-known point is the comparative research consistently showing New Zealand features in the top five countries globally for quality of life and the quality of education on offer. The UK's Legatum Institute produces the annual Prosperity Index, in which it has ranked New Zealand #1 in the world for overall prosperity in 2016 (

The Nelson Marlborough region is a model example of the prosperity of New Zealand, featuring one of the lowest unemployment rates in New Zealand, the lowest crime rate in Australasia, and the fastest growing economy in New Zealand for the first three quarters of 2017 (ASB Bank Quarterly Survey). Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), a government owned, NZQA category 1 ranked (highest level) tertiary institution with over 100 years of history, is a gateway to the amazing lifestyle and opportunities this region has to provide.
Cycling in Nelson
  • Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), established in 1905, is today the northern South Island’s premier education provider of post-secondary school education through to postgraduate level.  NMIT is a New Zealand government funded, national provider of education with campuses located in Nelson (main campus) and Blenheim (Marlborough & Woodbourne campuses).  NMIT provides qualifications that link with the regions’ industry, providing students excellent pathways to employment on graduation.
  • The majority of NMIT’s students study on the main campus, located in the city of Nelson.  In this location you will have a true New Zealand experience on the doorstep of the South Island’s famed scenic spots and with unrivalled access to the outdoor adventures that can be had therein. 
Why Nelson?
  • Nelson city is located in New Zealand’s 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, outdoors orientated 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. 
  • Nelson is flanked by three national parks, including Abel Tasman National Park with its excellent sea kayaking, caving and hiking opportunities and the Nelson Lakes National Park with a ski field and inland fishing, boating and hiking options.
  • 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 matched with 11 craft breweries and 28 boutique wineries, this region is a true destination for those that appreciate fine food and beverages.
Nelson lakes
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 fastest growing region in 2017, commerce and IT graduates will find numerous employment opportunities in Nelson upon graduation.
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!  In 2017 NMIT took delivery of a brand new $1 million bridge simulator which complements our modern engine room simulator.
Make your own Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Just 1.5 hours’ drive from Nelson, deep in the heart of wine country, the Marlborough Campus specialises in offering NMIT’s 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.  During your study you will learn about both growing of grapes and making wine, including paid internships to produce your own vintage in a Marlborough winery!
Wine tasting at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)
Aviation Engineering
The Woodbourne Campus is located on the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) base adjacent to the Blenheim 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, and the opportunity to work on premises and with aircraft of the RNZAF is an amazing opportunity.
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.  This leads to excellent employment rates for NMIT graduates across a wide range of disciplines.
Studying at The Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT)



Eileen Gatzke from Germany

I wanted to go far away as I had the opportunity to go abroad for 3 months. I also wanted to be in an English speaking country so I could improve my English. NZ is known for its beautiful landscape and I had lots of friends recommend NZ as a destination. I looked at the map and thought Nelson was in a great place as it was central, close to the sea and surrounded by 3 National Parks and it’s the sunniest region in the country. During my time here I got to travel around the entire South Island and some of the North Island. My favourite part was definitely Abel Tasman National Park for its golden beaches, crystal clear blue water and all the activities to do. If you like the outdoors and adventures I would recommend coming to Nelson as there is something new to see around every corner.  Kiwis are very open minded and friendly people, it is very easy to feel welcome and at home.

Eileen Gatzke from Germany
Giang Thu Thi Pham from Vietnam - Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

I was considering between studying in Auckland and in Nelson. Then, I chose NMIT because I thought there would be fewer Vietnamese students there compared with Auckland. Thus, I could deeply immerse into the English speaking environment to improve my English language skills. Secondly, I was looking for a real educational institute rather than just a place to gain a qualification or to get an opportunity to stay in New Zealand. I found that NMIT is an iconic educational institute in the Nelson region, so I trusted in NMIT’s quality in teaching. Many things make me like NMIT. Firstly, the applied programs allow me to get practical knowledge about the skills required in my future career. Honestly, I do enjoy doing case studies during my study time. Secondly, I really like my tutors and local friends in Nelson. They are so lovely and nice. They are all willing to help me when I am stuck with my study. Finally, I love Nelson’s weather and nature.

Giang Thu Thi Pham from Vietnam - Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)
Chaminda Perera from Sri Lanka - Post Graduate Diploma In Aquaculture

Through my job in Sri Lanka I realized that future farming would be focused mainly in aquatic media rather than on land so, I thought I should pursue my postgraduate studies in sustainable aquaculture.

I then found NMIT, which is in the heart of the aquaculture industry situated in the Nelson-Marlborough sounds in New Zealand. The Nelson area produces more than 60% of New Zealand’s aquaculture production.  

On my arrival at NMIT, I realised that I had made the right decision not only for the quality of the education, but also for its reputation. My lecturers at NMIT are friendly, supportive and approachable at any time of the day. With its advanced laboratories and facilities NMIT is considered as the most reputed aquaculture training institute in New Zealand. It is a practical course and most of the industry giants and their hatcheries, farming lands and export processing factories are near NMIT.

I like NMIT because of its brilliant infrastructure and incredible hospitability, as well as the surrounding environment. Nelson is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in New Zealand and is considered the sunniest region in New Zealand of which I have experienced sufficiently. While one side of NMIT is covered by green mountains, the other side faces the dark blue, Pacific Ocean. I constantly forget that I am living in foreign country even though its miles away from my home in Sri Lanka due to the beauty of the environment and friendliness of the people at NMIT.

Chaminda Perera from Sri Lanka - Post Graduate Diploma In Aquaculture
Kent from Indonesia - Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing


I wanted to study in a smaller city and live with locals to get to know the New Zealand culture and to improve my English. The staff at NMIT were really friendly and helpful and guided me through my studies.

The course itself is straightforward and the class sizes are small so I got to know the classmates and tutors really well which is nice. Furthermore, the quality of the education is very good and I feel ready to graduate and work.

Awalnya saya memilih kota kecil agar lebih mudah belajar hidup mengenal budaya setempat dan hidup seperti masyarakat di sana. Selain itu tentu saja saya ingin melatih kemampuan Bahasa Inggris. Orang-orang di NMIT sangat ramah, sangat membantu dan membimbing dalam perkuliahan saya. Materi kuliah yang diberikan cukup jelas. Karena kelas tidak terlalu besar, saya dapat mengenal teman sekelas juga dosen-dosen saya dengan baik.

Tentu saja factor lain yang tidak kalah penting mengapa saya memilih NMIT karena kualitas pendidikannya yang baik sehingga ketika lulus, saya siap bekerja dengan ilmu yang sudah saya dapat di NMIT. 

Why Nelson:

I saw that Nelson was not only one of the biggest wine producers in New Zealand, but also the sunniest region of the whole country and that really attracted me.

People in New Zealand are really friendly and open-minded. Travelling around the beautiful region is very easy as there is not a lot of traffic. Nelson has been a good base for me to travel around the rest of New Zealand as well as it is situated centrally and you can reach both islands easily.

Even though Nelson is smaller city than where I am from I have met people from all around the world and made friends quickly. By meeting a lot of people from all around the world, Nelson has broadened my perspective in life.

Pertama kali saya tertarik dengan Nelson itu karena Nelson adalah salah satu produsen wine terbesar di Selandia Baru dan juga wilayah yang paling disinari matahari dibandingkan kota-kota lainnya di Selandia Baru. Itu benar-benar menarik perhatian saya waktu saya memilih untuk datang kesini.

Orang-orang di Selandia Baru juga sangat ramah dan ‘open minded’. Berkeliling di wilayah Nelson sangat mudah karena tidak ada macet. Lebih dari itu, Nelson juga kota yang letak geografisnya tepat di tengah Selandia Baru sehingga mudah sekali untuk pergi ke utara atau selatan.

Nelson memang kota yang sangat kecil dibandingkan dengan Bandung, tapi disini saya sudah bertemu dengan banyak orang yang datang dari seluruh dunia dan benar-benar telah membuka mata saya tentang hidup.

Kent from Indonesia - Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing
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