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

A Busy Season on Stewart Island 

The weather has been incredible so far this season and the numbers of visitors around the bay is great. It is important if you are coming to the island over the traditional holiday period that you plan ahead and think about booking your trips, accommodation and meals. It is great to see that the Kia Kart is up and running and there will be a new cafe/restaurant called the "Drunken Octopus" establishing itself nearing Xmas. The "Lighthouse" pizzeria is also gearing up for this season so with the Four Square, Just Cafe, South Seas Hotel and ourselves offering the visitors dining options visitors will be offered more choice than there has been available for many years.

We wish all the operates and tourist industry businesses a very merry Xmas and a happy new year. It is our time to work hard and squirrel away for the winter so please be aware when you visit that we all want your experience to be a wonderful one so do plan ahead to make it run as smooth as possible, for you and us. 

Church Hill Lodge

We have had a wonderful array of guests stay with us so far this season. We have very much enjoyed hosting our guests and they have added so much to the experience of working in the service industry on Stewart Island.

We have a good number of forward bookings for this season and this is extremely pleasing for us as a new enterprise.

We wish all those who have stayed a very merry Xmas and a happy new year. 

Xmas Lunch

Church Hill will be hosting our traditional family Xmas lunch, however, we are fully booked at this stage.

We will not be open in the evening of Xmas day.

Normal evening services resume from Boxing Day.

We wish everyone a meery Xmas and a happy New Year.


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  

Help Keep us Clean and Tidy

When you visit any place in the world it is important to remember what it was that attracted 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 precise 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. 


What we offer at church hill