Cust Village is a delightful place to relax and discover. Situated between Rangiora and Oxford and set on terraces with views over the Cust River to the snow-capped Southern Alps, makes it the perfect complement to its urban counterparts.
Take the time to peruse the shops and enjoy the food on offer in the original old buildings of the village.
Cust history begins in the 16th century - Maori village of the Waitaha tribe, named “Kapukariki”, meaning the little Kapuka tree.
The river and village are now named after Sir Edward Cust, who was a prominent member of the Canterbury association, which arranged the early NZ settlement and immigrant ships sailing to Canterbury ( 1850-1853). By 1866 there were already about 150 houses and 500 people living in the Cust area.
Cust was known as the home of the NZ Motorcycle Grand Prix which was held on the Cust road circuit between 1936 – 1963. Burt Munroe who was portrayed by Anthony Hopkins in the Hollywood Movie “The World’s Fastest Indian” was a regular contender. A cairn on Terrace Road marks the start/finish (below a hill which served as a natural grandstand.
You can view more information on Cust via the website Cust Village. For information on Cust for businesses development and support please refer to Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC). ENC is the economic development agency for North Canterbury and offers support and training for businesses in North Canterbury.