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About Nelson

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Welcome to Nelson Summer School

The place for dancing, sun and friendship!

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We look forward to seeing you at Nelson Summer School from 28 Dec 2023 till 5 Jan 2024 where we have a great line-up of teachers from NZ and Australia as well as local musicians.  There will be a full range of classes for all abilities, including a Teachers’ Training Class.


Accommodation will be at Saxton Lodge in twin-share rooms with classes in nearby Stoke. For those who wish to commute, there are motels and BnB’s in the Stoke/Richmond/Monaco (Yes – Monaco!) area, all within an easy drive of the School.


Nelson (Whakatū) is known for local arts and crafts stores and art galleries. It's also a popular base for nearby vineyards and Abel Tasman National Park. Māori have lived in the area since the 1300s. In 1858 Nelson became a city when Queen Victoria made it the seat of an Anglican Bishop. The City’s history is showcased at Founders Heritage Park and the Nelson Provincial Museum. A walk down historic South Street takes you to New Zealand’s oldest fully preserved street.

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