News and Views from Cheviot
Cheviot businesses are looking forward to seeing you. You can be assured that there will be no surcharges on any public holidays.
Cheviot has been very quiet since the November 2016 earthquakes, thanks to roads north of us being closed with the earthquake damage. Prior to the earthquakes, 80% of many of our businesses’ trade was from passing traffic and tourists. As a result of little or no traffic since the earthquake, many of our businesses are struggling. You may have visited Cheviot on your way somewhere else before, but now is the time to make Cheviot your destination, even if it is just for one day.
Our Annual Report
If you would like to know what the Cheviot Promotions Association has been up to, please download our annual report. It is a full summary of the past year, provided by Chair of Cheviot Promotions Association, Debbie Anderson (pictured above).
A Club Outing?
A number of clubs have organise a group outing to Cheviot, and had a great time! We have co-ordinated various activities for them including a lovely lunch. Not only did the people on the outing really enjoy it, but it was a great boost to our cafes, shops and morale.
Here is some information about what we could organise for your club. We'd love to have you visit our town.
The drive up at the moment is spectacular with all the trees turning gold, and the autumn colours are amazing. The road north of Waipara is very quiet so you can take your time.
Photo: The beautiful Hurunui river.
Once you get to Cheviot, there are a number of activities you might like to get involved in. We are happy to work with you to organise these for you.
Activities available include:
1. Morning tea: We suggest that groups come up in the morning and when they first get here, go for a nice cuppa at one of Canterbury’s most traditional tea rooms, the Cheviot Tea Rooms. It is right across the road from the Museum and has plenty of parking for a bus or vans so is a great place to start your visit. Or it could be the place to go for an afternoon cuppa! There are also other cafes in Cheviot where you can get great coffee and tea as well.
2. We have a great museum in Cheviot, run by volunteers and it always gets rave reviews from those who visit. An appointment needs to be made with the volunteers who run it. They do a great job of explaining things and can talk a bit further about Cheviot if that is of interest.
3. The Cheviot Hills domain is a lovely spot. You can drive in, and for those who are up to it, there are some great walks or you can just stretch your legs and look at the historical ruins. By appointment, we can arrange a volunteer who to give a talk about the history and the domain. The Domain has the beautiful cricket pitch and in the spring has masses of daffodils. At the moment the many trees have their autumn display on.
4. Another short drive from Cheviot is Gore Bay. You can take in the views from your vehicle or bus, or perhaps you would like a short stroll on the beach, or just get some sea air. There is also a lookout over the natural “Cathedrals” just above Gore Bay, an easy walk across the road from the car park.
5. Harris Meats Butchers are happy to provide meat packs (pre-ordered best for big groups or you can call into their shop in the main street) so visitors can take away some of the best beef, pork and lamb in Canterbury. It is a local business who employs 45 people and uses local stock including some from their own farm. They have a small retail outlet in Cheviot, and can do up some good meatpack to suit all budgets. Their sausages and bacon have won many awards.
6. Lunch: The Two Rivers Cafe and The Paddock Cafe are right opposite each other at the south end of town. Both are very good places to have lunch, and do great coffees. Both can also organise a set menu to suit your budget, or you can order of the menu or choose from the counter food. The Cheviot Tea Rooms is also open for lunch, as is the Magpies Rest and the Cheviot Trust Hotel. All would be able to do a set menu, if that is your preference. If there are big groups, there are plenty of places to split your group throughout the town.
7. Mt Beautiful Vineyard has its tasting room in the same building as Two Rivers Cafe, and their knowledgeable staff can do a talk on the wine, complete with tasting for those who would be interested! People can also buy the award-winning local wine there.
8. There are eight known Morris & Co stained glass windows in New Zealand and three of them are in St Johns Anglican Church, Cheviot! William Morris (1834 – 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Morris & Co was founded under his guidance, producing furniture, stained glass, wallpaper and metalwork. Their work is still very highly regarded today and we can organise a suitable time for you to view the beautiful windows.
9. Shop 35 has some lovely homeware and gifts. It is near the Tea-rooms and we can make sure it is open if people would like to have a look. Two Rivers also has a number of handcrafts and jewellery on sale. The chemist and the hardware shop are also worth calling into for a look, you'd be surprised what is in there!
10. Harvest Glen Hazelnuts, just out of Cheviot, welcomes tours of their orchard, small processing plant, orchard and orchard shop stocked with the various hazelnuts products from fudge to flavoured roasted nuts.
11. The Hurunui River mouth is always changing and there are some great viewing points to check out the magnificent vista.
We really would appreciate any support, as our businesses are doing it quite hard since the road closures. The visits we have had from other clubs and organisations have gone very well, and we have had great feedback from it.
Leader & Inland Roads to/from Kaikoura
State Highway 1 between Cheviot & Kaikoura is sometimes open, sometimes closed. When it is closed, and you need to get to Kaikoura from Amberley or further south, signs at Waipara tell you to take the road via Culverden but we've got a better idea.
If you head up to Cheviot (and yes the road from Waipara to Cheviot is open, the signs can be confusing), and take the Leader Road to Waiau and then the Inland Road to Kaikoura, it may take a bit longer, but it has far less traffic and is very scenic!
This time of the year is especially spectacular with the trees changing colour. Also, if you go this way, you get to stop in our beautiful town and have a great coffee, lunch or snack. Same applies if you are coming down from Kaikoura heading to Christchurch.