About Us

Church Hill was the creation of Deanne in 1999. Deanne had long thought about having a restaurant and when the opportunity arose on Stewart Island she took it and consequently Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar became a reality.

Deanne and Chris returned in 2012, after Church Hill had been leased since 2003, to re-establish the restaurant and return it to a premiere dining experience on Stewart Island.

The Kamahi Road site was the location of the first holiday home on Stewart Island. The restaurant maximises the charm of the old building, with beautiful views, cosy open fire and separated dining areas reflecting the layout of the previous old villa.

It had been the Squires family holiday home dating back to the early 1900’s and they had called it “Tenola at Church Hill”. Tenola is an anagram randomly drawn from a hat from the letters of lean-to. It was located on the hill where the church stands, hence, Church Hill.     

Deanne runs the kitchen and Chris runs front of house, and Deanne’s passion for great food is equally matched by Chris’ passion for hosting out front.

Deanne and Chris pride themselves on making Church Hill a warm and friendly environment for all their guests. They take time to meet the diners and give as much time as possible to ensure the guests experience is a memory they take away from their time on the Island.

The Church Hill Team for the 2016-17 Season

Marco (A local) Preet (Up and coming genius Chef) Colette (Our slice of France)

We have a great team this season (as we always do) and we are all getting on very well. They are a great asset for us and contribute perfectly to what we stand for at Church Hill.

It is especially pleasing to have a young chef in Preet who has joined us from Auckland. He has definitely come to a place that is very different to his previous live experiences. His eagerness to learn is wonderful and makes his presence in the kitchen even more fun.

Colette has joined us from her tripping around NZ but is a French native. She is exactly the type of person we want to have working for us and her help in everyway is very much appreciated.

Marco has returned. He has been abroad for a while but is back staying with his grandparents on Stewart Island. He adds a cool light side to our restaurant and is always popular with the guests. He is a great musician also and we will look to harness that talent, for your benefit and ours.

Deanne and Chris thank you all for making our restaurant the great place it is.       



Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant is currently closed  and will re-open in September 2017.  Bookings are recommended.


What we offer at church hill