Welcome to Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Church Hill offers a relaxed dining experience on Stewart Island, with an emphasis on fresh local produce, homemade and prepared to order. Hosts Deanne and Chris returned to Church Hill in 2012 from Canterbury.

"For us, it is all about our island and the experience we want our guests to take away with them."

Situated on the hill by the church we offer wonderful views of the bay, the outer islands and our guests the best of Stewart Island.

The News

Summer on the Way

The days are drawing longer, the temperatures will rise, so why not come to Church Hill and dine alfresco on the deck. With views of the bay and nature in your lap there is only one choice on the Island.

​​The Lounge

Why not start or end your evening at Church Hill on the lounge in front of the fire. It is cosy and friendly and is a great addition to the Church Hill experience. 

A Walk in the Garden

We have been busy around the section and have made our gardens fully accessible via paths. It sometimes rains here and that means mud. Mud is not a bad thing in itself, but dirty floors aren't so great. We have 5 tunnel houses and grow many of the herbs and salad greens you will find on the menu.

​Many guests have already enjoyed a walk around our gardens; seeing the food we grow for their meals, or simply relaxing before or after dinner. 

Church Hill Lodge

​Building is progressing well. It is nice to see the floors almost down. The builders enjoy not having to work in the mud.

​We are starting to get a lot of interest in the Lodge so we will keep you updated with progress. We should be open by the end of the season and will be able to sort out any issues for next season.

​Being able to show the restaurant guests the progress and actually having something to show them gather than trying to describe what we are trying to build is great.

Thanks to all those who have showed their interest in our project and given us positive feedback. It is a very exciting time for us and hopefully the Island. 

​Deanne and Chris


What we offer at church hill