Cheviot is a small friendly town that occupies the rolling farmland between two of the South Island's magnificent braided rivers and the Pacific Ocean. While small in stature, Cheviot has attractions and services well beyond its size.
Big blue skies and fresh country air are the base notes for this slice of paradise. The pace is relaxed, crowds are few. Cheviot village is the economic and social hub of this largely rural community of around 1,500 people, where "old fashioned" community values sit comfortably alongside the town's growing art scene and attractive cafes.
Cheviot enjoys a full range of shops and services while just down the road is Gore Bay, one of the South Island's top surf spots and a popular destination for families to swim, explore the rock pools at low tide, fish and dive. The Hurunui and Waiau rivers offer premium salmon and trout fishing and the delicious whitebait.Cheviot enjoys an excellent location, bordered by the Hurunui and Waiau rivers, the Pacific Ocean and Lowry foothills. An easy 75 minute drive south on SH1 through farm land, vineyards and eateries brings you to Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city and international airport. The road to Kaikoura has been damaged by the recent earthquakes, and is open as often as possible. To find out if the road is open, please call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49). The road from Kaikoura to Picton is currently closed due to the earthquake damage but is expected to be open by Christmas 2017.
To access Kaikoura from Cheviot, you can go through the Leader Road and then to the Inland Road. It is a very scenic route, and well worth the drive to beautiful Kaikoura.
The geothermal hot springs and tourist destination of Hanmer Springs lies 70 minutes drive to the West, as does Mt Lyford Ski Resort, a sunny, family orientated field with four lifts, ski hire and ski school.
Cheviot is one of the many gems along the Alpine Pacific Triangle, a popular touring route north of Christchurch.
Currently bus services are only available when State Highway One to Kaikoura is open (expected to be open again 1 June). Intercity and Naked Bus are two companies who do service Cheviot normally.