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

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  

The News

Up and Running for 2017-18

Church Hill Restaurant is open for the season and we are starting to get into the swing of business.

This season will be a busy time again, following on from last season, which saw record numbers of visitors to the island. Over the busiest times of the season this will put great pressure on the dining providers on the island. It is looking likely we will not have the iconic "Kia Kart" operating this season. That means the few options we have here are reduced so if you are visiting this season consider booking ahead.

Church Hill Lodge

We now have our lodge completed and open for business. We have had our first guests staying and are very happy with the feedback we have received. It has been a big process to get to this stage but we are very happy with what we now have to offer those looking for a special place to stay during their visit.

We invite you to check out our accommodation pages to see what we have to offer.

As a lodge guest you will always have a dining option at Church Hill and we look forward to extending our hospitality beyond the dining rooms of Church Hill Restaurant. 

Oyster Farming and Oysters

As you may already know a water born disease has been discovered in some of the oyster farms in Big Glory Bay. This has meant that all the oyster farming activities have been stopped. The future of the industry is uncertain but the effects are going to be significant. In a small community these events are felt across all parts of the community. 

Our thoughts are with all those that are directly affected and we have been proud to have been a part of your business through offering your oysters to our customers. It was having access to farmed oysters that allowed us to have oysters throughout the whole summer season. The famous Bluff oyster is available from March to August so our guests will have to wait, sadly.

Church Hill Restaurant will still have a great array of excellent local produce including mussels, cod, salmon, crayfish, paua, muttonbirds, Southland lamb and beef.

Xmas Lunch

Once again Church Hill will be open for Xmas lunch, however, we are fully booked at this stage. We open for lunch on Xmas day and close in the evening.

Normal evening services resume from Boxing Day.


What we offer at church hill