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Why Choose Nelson?

The Garin College Hostel


The Garin College Hostel Trust was set up 2001 to plan and provide quality accommodation for Catholic families from the outlying areas of the top of the South Island.  Garin College, a new state integrated Catholic College was opened in 2002 and Garin Boarding Hostels provided families who wanted the opportunity for their children to attend while living in a family environment.

Being new we had the opportunity to do things differently, change from the old style of boarding institutions, to something as close to the family unit as we could. The result is two 15 bedroom homes nestled in a quiet residential subdivision a short walk from Garin College.

Mother Teresa House and Francis Douglas House

Mother Teresa and Francis Douglas houses are modern, busy, vibrant and stimulating places designed to be like large family homes with space for only 28 boarders in each hostel looked after by hostel parents.

Boarding at Garin offers great experiences for any child and the chance to meet new people, experience new cultures and make new friends. Being in Nelson and at Garin College offers great opportunities to be involved in school-based, after-school and weekend activities. Nelson has a great environment and is blessed with not only great sporting, recreation and extra-curricular opportunities but being here in Tasman bay we have wonderful beaches, safe rivers and in the winter we try to get to the ski field at least once. For students who get fully involved, boarding is great fun and very rewarding. A busy boarder is a happy boarder.

Mother Teresa House

This is where the female students of Garin have their boarding accommodation.

Francis Douglas House

This is where the male students of Garin have their boarding accommodation.

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