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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Season End

Church Hill is closed for the 2017-18 season.

Thank you to all those who have contributed to the success we have had with the restaurant and the lodge other the past months. It has been an incredibly busy season on Stewart Island and we have been lucky to have hd a great team around us. We are proud to be able to deliver a high quality product to those visiting, and add to their experience of the island and New Zealand.

We look forward to next season and will spend the winter relaxing and planning for what we will do next season. We have been very pleased with how the lodge has started and are keen to build on the success of the past season.

The lodge is a major focus for us and sets the direction of the restaurant. We operate the restaurant with a reduced capacity so we can give a personalized experience to our diners and lodge guests. We equally enjoy the time we have with diners and lodge guests and have always appreciated the great feedback we receive. 

 We will reopen in September 2018 for the 2018-19 season. We will update our website with details nearer September.  

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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