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

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The 2018-19 Season 

We are now open for the season. We reopened on the 22 September and have a steady start to what is shaping to be another busy season. Last season was a record breaking season for the island with visitor numbers up by a very good percentage. This is of course a double edged sword for a small community like Stewart Island; it brings more business while placing greater pressure on infrastructure.

This is a growing issue not only for Stewart Island but the whole of New Zealand. We have such a beautiful country with so much to offer that everyone deserves to experience it. The reality is of course is there is only a limited amount of resource to go around and therefore planning your visit is very important. 

At Church Hill we look forward to meeting a new group of visitors and hope that you find your stay on the Island as wonderful as possible. Check out what is on offer and think about booking ahead to avoid the disappointment of missing out on the experiences you want to have.

Church Hill is a boutique business and we focus on quality over quantity and love the time we get with our guests. We only take a limited number of restaurant booking every evening to ensure we can deliver on our principles. If you are looking for a lovely place to stay with access to all we have to offer then we welcome your interest in Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant.

We wish you all the best for your time on the Island, regardless of where you stay and dine.  

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. 



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