Choose from 30+ study programmes and learn in facilities set up to simulate real world working situations. From our on-site vineyard, world-class wine research centre, hair salon, beauty salon, on-site carpentry barn and propagation house to our partnership with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) Base in Woodbourne, NMIT Marlborough Campus is a future-focussed learning environment preparing work and world ready graduates.
NMIT Marlborough campus rewards productivity with opportunity. Recently, students completing the Certificate in Carpentry Level 3 constructed a bird watching shelter for the Department of Conservation (DOC) at Grovetown Lagoon. Hairdressing and Beauty students have worked behind the scenes on WOW in Wellington and provide pamper days to community groups throughout the year.
From orientation to social meetups, SANITI organises year round on-campus events(external link) to support and entertain. Off campus you can participate in one of Blenheim’s main events(external link) including the Forrest Graperide for cycling enthusiasts, and the Saint Clair Half Marathon. Marlborough also has an active and lively line up of community events and hobbyist meetups(external link) from dancing to knitting groups.
According to a report by the Marlborough District Council(external link), Wine, Dairy, Forestry, Horticulture, Aviation and Aquaculture make up roughly 24% of Marlborough’s total economy with professional services such as lawyers, accounting, researchers and knowledge workers contributing an even larger percentage. The unemployment rate is low at 4.2% and Marlborough’s job prospects are high(external link).
Roughly 20% of New Zealand’s total coastline lies in the Marlborough region. The main town of Blenheim is just the beginning. Take in the suburbs of Renwick and Wairau. Marvel at the beauty of The Marlborough Sounds, Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound. Try locally grown mussels in Havelock, Pelorus and Kenepuru, or grab a car and explore Awatere Valley.
From Marlborough Campus take a short walk to Lansdowne Park(external link) which boasts nearly 13 ha of sports playing surface, or Pollard Park(external link) where, for a membership fee, you can play tennis on one of 15 tennis courts. If you have a car, park for free at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000(external link) on Kinross Street (or walk 20 minutes from campus) and choose your sport - there’s badminton, squash, basketball, hockey, Davis Cup standard tennis courts and more.
Marlborough is beautifully set up for mountain biking, kayaking, diving, walking, swimming and more. Wither Hills and the Mountain Bike Park sits on the border of Blenheim township providing 40 hectares of tracks. Paddle a kayak along one of many inlets that make up a whopping 1500 kms of coastline in the Marlborough Sounds. But don’t just take our word for it, these insider guides from the Marlborough community(external link) are proof.
Fancy enjoying 2800 hours of sunshine every year? All students need Vitamin D and Marlborough provides endless amounts. Marlborough boasts the country’s highest sunshine hours(external link) beating rivals Whakatane in 2016 with 2814 hours of sunshine recorded and an average summer temp of 23.4 degrees.
Between October and March, large orca visit the Marlborough Sounds(external link). If you’re lucky, you will see them surface close to shore and get to watch them feed on stingray or skate. Also a common sight are the Dusky, Bottlenose and Hector’s species of dolphins plus seals, marine birds and NZ native forest birds.
According to the Safe Communities model(external link), Marlborough is the 25th accredited Safe Community in New Zealand and number 332 in the world. Endorsed by the World Health Organisation, a Safe Community is viewed as an “attractive place to live, work and visit [...] without fear, risk, harm or injury.”
Pretty awesome for a region with a population of 45,620!