Kaikoura: 68 km – about 55 mins
Hanmer Springs: 94 km - about 1 hour 20 mins
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. Less than an hour’s drive north is the dramatic coastal town of Kaikoura, world famous for its whale watching operations, fresh seafood and rugged snow-capped mountains.
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.
Cheviot is well serviced with public transport. A number of bus companies and the Tranzscenic railway pass through Cheviot each day as they travel from Christchurch to Picton.
To find out bus timetables, please ring the Christchurch or Picton Information Centre, or stop in at the Cheviot Tea Rooms