Staying in a family home lets you experience the New Zealand way of life. As the only private English school in Nelson we have a wide range of homes within walking and biking distance of the school. Nelson English Centre homestay families are warm-hearted, proud Nelson locals who enjoy welcoming visitors from other cultures.


Your Homestay Family

Our homestays are comfortable, with enough space, and a desk to study at in your bedroom. Three meals are provided at weekends, and breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday. You will improve your English because our families love talking and sharing their lifestyle with you. New Zealand is an outdoor-loving country and many families enjoy gardening, cycling, walking or boating.

Families Selected for You

For over twenty years we have worked to select and improve our range of families. Our experienced homestay coordinator Mrs Viv Marshall has high expectations. Her benchmark is: ‘If my children were overseas, would I like them to stay here’ Viv matches students with families that share their interests by communicating with students and agents at the point of booking. Our system gives you the best possible homestay experience