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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Oyster Season

After the huge disappointment of last years news that the oyster farms in Big Glory had been hit by a disease that resulted in their complete removal of all the oysters it is great that the Bluff oyster season has come back around and we are able to offer oysters to our diners once more.

We will have oysters on our menu for as long as we are able to access them.

We look forward to your visit and being able to offer the great produce of our region.

Season Slow Down

We have passed through the traditional high season for the Island, which is Labour weekend to Easter. It has been an incredible season for the island but with the season drawing to the end for us we start to look forward to quieter times and catching our breath.

Thank you to all those who have contributed to our great season and we look forward to meeting those still be come. The nights will draw longer now that day light savings has changed. We will have our open fire going and the restaurant will have that lovely intimate feeling. Our lodge units are also nice and warm and have sky TV so you can enjoy the evenings relaxing in front of the Commonwealth games, Super Rugby, NRL or a movie or three.

With less people about the Island is a great place to visit at this time of the year. It will be a little cooler of course but that is life in the south. You can still enjoy Ulva island or a late season dip in the sea.

We will have a few different things on our menu over the next couple of months so come on in and check out what we have to offer.

We look forward to your visit; be it this season or next. 

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. 


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  

What we offer at church hill