Cheviot is the economic and social hub of a largely rural district of around 1,500 people and is administered by the Hurunui District Council. It is a safe and friendly village that supports an impressive variety of groups and organisations, sports and cultural facilities. Cheviot's community spirit far outweighs its physical size.
While predominately a rural community, its growing town centre and proximity to Gore Bay continues to attract new residents who appreciate Cheviot’s old fashioned community values.
Cheviot Area School takes students from new entrants through to Year 13 while two pre-schools take care of the under fives.
Alongside the town's shops and services are a medical centre, dedicated emergency services, rest home, three churches, a museum and an excellent public library.
While sheep, beef, and deer farming are the prevalent land use in the Cheviot district, viticulture is taking root along with traditional and alternative horticulture.