Reserves and Rivers
Just down the road is Gore Bay, a well known surf and swimming beach and popular holiday spot. At low tide it is possible to walk around the coast to Port Robinson and Manuka Bay where a track through coastal forest brings you to a lookout above the bay with views to the Kaikoura Mountains and Hurunui River mouth.
For up-to-date surf reports and tide information visit: www.portrobinson.net.nz
Cheviot Hills Reserve
Cheviot Hills Reserve has a rich history. A walking track takes you from the township down the Gore Bay road and into the Cheviot Hills Reserve where specimen plantings date back to the 1860s. There is a rich history within the Cheviot Hills Reserve. Be sure to stop at the cricket pavilion to read the display.
The walking path continues back to Cheviot township and is popular with locals and visitors looking to break their journey. There are numerous walking and biking trails, and picnic spots throughout the Reserve. Tracks are sign posted.
Entrance to Cheviot Hills Reserve is off SHW1 at the south end of Cheviot, or 1.2 km along Gore Bay Road from the centre of Cheviot.
Approximately 6 kms North of Cheviot township, on State Highway 1, is St Anne's Lagoon Reserve, a wildlife sanctuary that is home to a wide variety of waterfowl.
As well as the stunning St Anne's Lagoon there are historic plantings and picturesque picnic spots. Best at dawn or sunset to witness the beautiful reflections and prolific wildlife.
Just a few kilometres past Gore Bay is Manuka Beach, a less-trafficked and equally stunning stretch of sea. On the North end of the beach you can meet many fur seals lounging on the rocks, and heading south you will see the Manuka Bay track, which winds along the coastline to the Hurunui River mouth.
The Hurunui and Waiau rivers provide great fishing for trout, salmon and whitebait. The clean, clear waters are popular with kayakers and jetboaters, and the many swimming holes are a welcome retreat on a hot summer’s day.
About 35 km south of Cheviot is Nape Nape Beach, a secluded picturesque pebble beach, punctuated by white limestone cliffs at the southern end.
Remote, seemingly forgotten, this will, rugged coastline is a special place to visit, particularly at dawn.
A hidden gem known only to locals and keen surfcasting fishermen, Nape Nape is the ideal picnic spot.
Above Nape Nape beach is a Scenic Reserve - a small coastal forest remnant with giant limestone rock formations protruding from the native forest.