Garin College is located in the town of Richmond and a convenient 10 minute drive from Nelson airport.

Richmond is in the Nelson/Tasman region at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island.
Our region is a vibrant and sought-after location where we offer a relaxed lifestyle and an excellent education in a safe and family friendly environment.

Richmond town has a population of 15,000 people and 60,000 people live in the surrounding area. The city of Nelson is a 15 minute drive down the road and has a population of around 45,000 people.

Here in the Nelson Tasman area we are blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate, and we experience some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand.

Climate Average high temp Average low temp Rainfall*
°C °F °C °F Average Rain Days per Month
Summer Dec – Feb 22 72 13 55 7
Autumn Mar – May 18 62 9 48 7
Winter Jun – Aug 13 55 3 37 8
Spring Sep – Nov 17 63 8 46 9

The Nelson/Tasman region is also home to some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world, and because of its awesome outdoor opportunities, gourmet food, world-class wines and sophisticated arts, many people choose to live and study in the region.

It offers a seductive blend of relaxed kiwi lifestyle, a safe and positive environment, world-class scenery, year-round favourable climate and a central New Zealand location.

Richmond has everything you need – a shopping mall, restaurants, Aquatic Centre, Library and Sports Clubs all within walking distance of your homestay and Garin College. Close by you will find beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers, farms and vineyards.

But it’s the people make Nelson Tasman the appealing region it really is. Family values and a strong sense of local community underpin day-to-day life in the region. We value our history and tradition, but we also welcome newcomers and the rich diversity they bring to our lives.

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