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The main street of Cust - Cust Rd
The main street of Cust - Cust Rd
Country  New Zealand
Region Canterbury
Territorial authority Waimakariri District
Electorates Waimakariri
Te Tai Tonga (Maori electorate)
 • Total 426
Time zone UTC+12 (NZST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+13 (NZDT)
7471 and 7475
Area code(s) 03

Cust is a rural village in the South Island of New Zealand. It is located in North Canterbury and comes under seat of the Waimakariri District Council. It is located approximately 16 km east of Oxford and 17 km west of Rangiora. The town is named after Sir Edward Cust, who was a member of the Canterbury Association which organised European settlement of the area around 1850. Earlier names for the town were Moeraki Downs and Middleton-on-the-Cust.


Cust population by year
Census Pop. ±% Ref
1901 713 -
... ... ...
2001 399 -
2006 426 7Increase
2013 447 5Increase

Motorcycle racing

For more than 20 years, a metalled-road racing circuit at Cust was used as the venue for the New Zealand Grand Prix for motorcycling. The Easter event, last held in 1963, would swell the village population to 25,000.


The average temperature in summer is 16.2 °C, and in winter is 5.9 °C.

Month Normal temperature
January 16.8 °C
February 16.3 °C
March 14.6 °C
April 11.6 °C
May 8.3 °C
June 5.8 °C
July 5.3 °C
August 6.5 °C
September 8.9 °C
October 11.2 °C
November 13.3 °C
December 15.5 °C
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