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. 

New Year

​It is 2017 already and things are getting busy. We are generally full every night at the restaurant so strongly recommend that you think about booking ahead so you get the evening and time you wish to dine.

​We have had a great group of guests already this season and look forward to meeting the ones that are yet to come.

​We try to spread the booking times of the guests so we can met your needs. We try not to book any more guests than we feel we are able to service to the level we desire. We are sorry if you don't get the chance to dine with us but we wish you the best for 2017 and trust you will have enjoyed your time on the Island.

​Season greetings from us all at Church Hill


Church Hill Lodge

We have had some delays in the completion of our much anticipated lodge. We were hoping to be ready near Xmas but unfortunately the New Year will come and go and construction will be ongoing...

​We will keep you updated as things progress, but until then we are still open for business as usual, and await your visit. 

What we offer at church hill