Where Are We?

Blockhill is located in rural North Canterbury, an hour and a half north of Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.

We are situated near the small settlement of Cheviot in an area called the Hurunui district, named after a prominent river.

Blockhill provides a feeling of isolation while remaining accessible to all major destinations and attractions. Our serene setting, beneath a clear starry sky leaves visitors feeling relaxed and at peace with themselves and the world.


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Visit us at 966 Leader Road East. This is 9.6km in from highway 1. Leader Road runs East - West between Parnassus and Waiau.

When coming from the South - Head north past Cheviot on highway 1 for about 15 minutes, cross the Waiau river and past Parnassus. Leader Road East is on the left just before the bridge. Blockhill is on the right just after the windy dip.

When coming from the North - From Kaikoura head south on highway 1 for about 50 minutes. Leader Road is on the right immediately after crossing the Leader River bridge. Blockhill is on the right just after the windy dip.

When coming from the West (Waiau, Hanmer Springs, Inland Kaikoura) Pass through Waiau village and head North East out of town, up the hill on Leader Road West. Drive for about 20 minutes. The road name becomes East at the top of the big hill. Blockhill is on the left just before the road drops down into a windy dip.


Leader Road Alternate Access / Detour

Leader Road Alternate Access / Detour

Sometimes, due to bad weather or road works, access via the Leader Road may be restricted or closed. If this closure is located on Leader Road East between the Mendip Road intersection and Highway 1 it may be possible to gain access via the legendary Hookhamsnyvy Road.

24km / 30 minutes
(thanks google map)

This shingle route starts at Leader Road East, around 5km in from the highway and heads roughly North on Mendip Road, following the Leader River, over a bridge and into the Mendip Hills Station.

Pass through the farm yard and outbuildings then up and over rolling hills. Somewhere here it becomes Hookhamsnyvy, before turning East following the Conway river and train track, which you cross. The road is sealed for the few hundred meters connecting to Highway 1.

There may be closed gates along the way. Be sure to leave them as you find them after passing.