Cheviot was put on the map in the mid-1800s when Cheviot Hills estate was established by William "Ready Money" Robinson.
Robinson's run stretched from the Hurunui River to the Waiau River, out to the Pacific coast and to the Lowry Hills in the west - a total of 33,600 hectares. In 1893, the Government bought Cheviot Hills and divided the estate into smaller ballot farms to break the hold large run owners had on the fledging nation's rural land.
While his 'mansion house' burned down in 1936, the foundations and magnificent grounds are part of the Cheviot Hills Domain, with the mansion's original front steps now supporting a small cricket pavilion. The manager's house, built in 1865, and the estate’s original bell tower are now in private residence.
Cheviot remains a thriving agricultural district with sheep and beef farming the prevalent land use, alongside deer and arable cropping.
The Hurunui River Mouth and St Anne's Lagoon were important food sources for the pre-European Maori who travelled along the east coast between Kaikoura and Kaiapoi.
The mudstone cliffs of Gore Bay and Port Robinson are a treasure trove for fossil hunters.
A very well appointed museum on Hall Street explores the fascinating social history that saw Cheviot evolve from a pastoral run to a thriving rural community.
September – May (Labour Weekend to Queens Birthday, thereafter by arrangement)
Sunday 2pm - 4pm and by request any other time
Outside these hours please contact any of the following to arrange a viewing:
Phyll Johnson – 03 3198 741
Pat Robinson – 03 3198 038
Clare Harris – 03 319 8367
Lyndsey Hiatt – 03 319 351
Lorraine Hansen (weekends only) – 03 3198 668.
- Kingdom to County, John Wilson, ISBN 047310321-5
- Ready Money, a biography of William Robinson, Margaret Wigley, ISBN 1-87725742-7
- The Story of Cheviot, Douglas Cresswell, Pegasus Press 1951
- A Pastoral Kingdom Divided, Cheviot 1889-94, WJ Gardener, ISBN 0-90891234 X
- Hurunui Heritage, Margaret Lovell-Smith, ISBN 0-473-07135-5
- Sheep and Shearers over the Greater Cheviot Area 1850-2000, Irvine Wilkinson, Rangiora Printing Services Ltd, 2004
- GORE BAY - Star, Issue 6402, 4 February 1899, Page 7
Jed Cemetery, Gore Bay
A walking route is signposted from the north end of the Jed Lagoon.
North of Cheviot on State Highway 1.