Uncover what makes the vibrant community of Cheviot such a special place with our top ten reasons to visit – from Waitangi Weekend specials to a Country & Music festival they really do have it all.  Described as the biggest cul-de-sac in the country the journey to Kaikoura up State Highway One is full of hidden gems and delights, awaiting your discovery, most notably Cheviot.

A small town, that many are familiar with, it boasts much more than meets the eye. Heading north, a coffee on the way from Fossil Point at Greta Valley is a must, especially for those with a love of art: the locally made ceramics are a worth a look.

Once in Cheviot, the options are endless. From lunch at one of the many cafes or a spot of shopping at Crossroads Gallery, Shop 35, Harris Meats, Cheviot Pharmacy, Hardware Shop and Four Square Supermarket to the many varied outdoor pursuits: golf, cycling, walking, surfing, historical tours and the list goes on. Whatever your preference a day out in Cheviot is worth a look. And in the month of February your shopping will be rewarded with every $20 spent putting you in the draw to win! If that wasn’t reason enough here are our top reasons to visit this vibrant community.

  1. Go in the draw to win, simply spend $20 at any of the participating stores and go in the draw to win one of 4 ‘Good Bugger’ Incentive Hampers. Valued at $500 the hampers are a showcase of the culinary and creative talents of Cheviot. Every entry then goes in the draw to win a luxury weekend away thanks to Air New Zealand and The Heritage.
  2. Discover local history with the Cheviot Museum. Open every Sunday from 2pm – 4pm, over Waitangi Weekend there will be extended hours, 1:30pm – 4pm ensuring there is plenty of time for you to uncover the journey of this rural community.
  3. On Saturday 04 February soak in the surrounds and the fresh air with a One Day Kaikoura Walking Track Waitangi Weekend Special. For $40 per person this special price gives you access to local knowledge, a guide book, transport back to your car, a shower and afternoon tea.
  4. On Sunday 05 and Monday 06 February come along to a free of charge historical tour through the crowning glory of Cheviot: Cheviot Hills Reserve. Tours will operate 10am and 2pm Sunday and 2pm Monday.
  5. Love Hazelnuts? Why not uncover all that makes Harvest Glen Hazelnuts special with a free of charge tour around their orchard at 10am Monday 06 February.
  6. Music lovers this one is for you: the Cheviot Country Music Festival will be held on Saturday 25 February. Welcoming entertainers of all ages from 1pm – 5:30pm simply turn up, put your name on the board and take the stage. The open-mic afternoon will be followed by a good o’ Country Showcase and Dance. Tickets $15, available from Cheviot Hardware.
  7. Jump on your bike with the Calder Stewart Cycling Series. Taking place over six rounds across the South Island, the first ride of 2017 is in Cheviot! Take part or cheer them on, check out this cycling event on 26 February.
  8. The garden at Cathedral Cliffs offers views to the Kaikoura Peninsula and across Gore Bay and Port Robinson. With an extensive collection of Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Proteas, Leucodendrons, Camellias, trees and bulbs this garden will captivate those with a green thumb. Free of charge garden tours available Sunday 05 and Monday 06 February.
  9. With reduced green fees, only $15 for a round over Waitangi Weekend, the Cheviot Golf Course is a beautiful and tranquil setting in which to swing a club. Grab some friends and book your tee off time.
  10. Gore Bay is one of Canterbury’s most loved destinations and only minutes from Cheviot. The rugged coastline offers plenty for surfers, walkers, swimmers and beach lovers. Rain or shine this picturesque coastline is a destination in itself. Book a bach or a B&B, pack up the car and come find out why.