The International Maritime Institute of New Zealand (IMINZ) is a leading provider of training for the fishing, maritime transport and maritime tourism industries.

maritime simulator
NMIT Maritime Simulator

At NMIT we invest in modern training equipment, including a virtual bridge navigation simulator, lifeboat, Kongsberg full mission marine engineering simulator, fast rescue boat, speed boats and New Zealand’s only three-storey fire training facility.

Based near a port that houses New Zealand’s largest fishing fleet, you’ll learn from tutors who are experienced and qualified seafarers with many years of experience between them.


Our world-class maritime facilities ensure you’ll get hands-on, real-world experience and education. We offer bridge navigation simulators, ECDIS simulators, full mission marine engineering simulation, cargo ship’s lifeboat and launching davits, New Zealand’s only three-storey maritime fire-fighting training facility and a fast rescue boat. We’re constantly upgrading our equipment and facilities to maintain our position as a world-renowned maritime institute.


fishing boat

Nelson is Australasia’s largest seafood port so there’s no better place to study for a future in the industry. If you love the outdoors, using practical skills, working with boats, tools, equipment and machinery, and being part of a team, this may be the career for you. NMIT has been supporting the fishing industry with world-class training since 1976.   


Maritime Tourism


What if you could combine your love of the ocean, marine life, or fishing with one of New Zealand’s fastest growing industries - tourism? Tourist vessel operators, charter boat skippers, water taxis and snorkelling and diving support all come under maritime tourism. It’s an exciting and dynamic sector that allows you to share your passion for New Zealand’s great outdoors with people from all around the world.

NMIT provides the entry-level training you’ll need to secure a job in the industry and ongoing training for those already working in it. 

Maritime Transport

Maritime transport is a challenging and rewarding career path for aspiring seafarers. Start as a deck or engine crew member and progress to a navigating or engineering officer, chief officer and eventually captain or harbour pilot on large ships, tugs or ferries. NMIT provides internationally recognised statutory maritime STCW qualifications and short STCW ancillary courses to support your career in industry.


Marine Engineering

maritime engineers in training

If working on high-tech engines and systems while travelling the world earning big money sounds like your dream job, then you should consider a career in marine engineering. Maritime engineers are in high-demand around the world as their skills are essential for getting vessels - and the crew and goods on board - to their destination safely.

At NMIT, you’ll learn all the skills necessary to operate and maintain engines/systems and auxiliary equipment on board any vessel at sea. With these internationally recognised qualifications you’ll be able to develop your career anywhere in the world, on any size vessel. 



superyacht crew

If working on luxury superyachts and seeing the world appeals to you, then let us help you prepare for a career in this exciting industry. At NMIT, you’ll gain the maritime, hospitality and communication skills you’ll need to walk into a job on a superyacht.

Exclusive to our programme is a three-day motor boat and five-day sailing yacht trip, as well as a three-day powerboat training course, where you can put into practice everything you’ve learnt. We’ll even set you up with a job interview with a professional yacht recruiter once you’ve completed the course.


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