Welcome to Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant

Church Hill Restaurant Limited is a proudly New Zealand owned and operated business that offers fully hosted accommodation and dining on Stewart Island, New Zealand. We have an emphasis on fresh local produce, homemade and prepared to order. 

Your hosts are Deanne and Chris Sara who re-established Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar in 2012 and Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant in 2017.

"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 our guests wonderful views of the bay, the outer islands and the best of Stewart Island.


The News

Church Hill is open for the 2019-20 season

Check out images from Church Hill by clicking our Instagram link at the bottom of the page

Another Season in Full Swing

It is not yet Xmas and we have been very busy. The numbers visiting the island seem to keep increasing as more and more people are made aware of our existence at the end of the world.

With the increase numbers comes the increased demand on our limited resources. That means thinking about booking before arriving is more important. We will unfortunately have to turn away many dinners over the coming months but we will be running a bit later in the evenings which will mean more people get to experience Church Hill on their visit.

If you want to guarantee a table at the restaurant then you can always choose to stay with us at our lodge.

We look forward to your visit and trust you will enjoy your time on the island whether you dine with us or not. The island has a lot to offer and it is easy to underestimate how much time to spend here. Be sure to check out all the activities and definitely book ahead for anything that is essential to your visit.

Check out our menu page if you are thinking of dining. We made everything in house, from breads and dips to confit of muttonbird. We are always keen to add new things to the menu and we are all about food. We aim to source locally at Church Hill and have the island specialties like paua and muttonbird (titi).

We wish you all the best for the holiday season and await your visit.

Click on the link below for details of activities and events.

Stewart Island


We look forward to meeting everyone over the coming months and making Church Hill part of your memories.

Church Hill Restaurant's Coming Season

At the start of every season we focus on getting staff to help and support us through what is always a busy time. This season we will see the return of Danny, for his third season, and Marco, who has been working with us for many seasons now. We love these guys, as do our guests, and we are very happy that they have chosen us as pat of their working lives.

We are also very pleased to be welcoming Kadin to our team. Kadin is a local lad with family and friends on the island, and he has been away learning and getting inspired to make himself a great chef. We feel he will fit into our philosophies well; with a focus on local and fresh cuisine. We are very excited with the opportunity to have him here supporting us through another season and bringing some new energy to a growing community. When he arrives we will give more details of what this year will offer dinners at Church Hill.

Things can always be made better, and as good as we feel we are, we will always look for ways to make it better.


Help Keep us Clean and Tidy

Nowadays it is not enough to be just clean and green, you need to be sustainable. It sounds like a catch phrase and in many quarters it can be simply that. For us it has always been a part our business model. We promote local products and work to minimise waste where ever possible. We take the health and wellbeing of our staff as importantly as our own. We are lucky enough to be part of something wonderful in Rakiura and as travelers ourselves we know what the rest of the world has and how we fit within that. We will do all we can to achieve what we know is the "right way" to be part of humanity, so we ask you, as a visitor to our land to support us by acknowledging the following ideas:

When you visit any place in the world it is important to remember what it was that attracted you to visit that place. For Stewart Island that is the beautiful surroundings, clean waters and abundant bird life. It is this way because we care about our Island and work to keep it this way. During the busy holiday times we as locals are out numbered by the visitors and that means our resources are stretched and our systems pushed to the limits to cope. You can help us out by simply putting all your rubbish in the bins, and if you find them full then carry it to the next bin or squash it down.

Water is always a precious resource and during the summer it does become hard to get as we rely on the rain for our supply. Think about that in the shower or when you brush your teeth or simply run a tap.

Share the roads and be aware at night it is hard to see people in dark clothing looking for kiwis.

If you are wanting to fish then be aware of the rules. There are reasons for quotas and size limits. There will be plenty for everyone if we all use it fairly.

We look forward to your visit and the support it gives our community and hopefully your visit will leave the island better off than when you came; that should be our aim wherever we visit. 


All prices listed for accommodation, dining, related products, and services are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).

When paying by secure online payment YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE CHARGED IN NZD  


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