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 on Rakiura, Stewart Island, New Zealand. Our restaurant caters for the guests at the lodge with 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.

Church Hill will be closed from the 17th May 2022 until late September 2022

If you are wishing to stay with us at our Boutique Lodge then please feel free to phone or make a booking enquiry through our website. Information regarding pricing and what we offer is available by visiting our accommodation page on this website.

Our restaurant caters only for our lodge guests so bookings are not taken for the general public.

We welcome your enquiry and any questions you may have around Church Hill and Stewart Island as a holiday destination.



Church Hill operates a fully vaccinated business and all guests are required to hold a valid vaccine passport.

As we begin to see an end to COVID restrictions we look forward to being able to see the return of offshore visitors. COVID Omicron is still an issue for the country but it appears that the worst effects are being mitigated by your high vaccination rates. Any changes to Church Hill's vaccination requirements will be posted as available.

There are still many kiwi's who are yet to visit Rakiura and now is a good time to think about exploring your own backyard before the world finds it way back to us.

Recent Updates

Check out our Astro-Tourism page to get info on star-gazing on Rakiura.

Read our Astronomy Essay, free to download from our Astronomy section

Click on our BLOG page to get stories about us and Rakiura.

Covid-19 Policy:

To view Church Hill's Covid-19 polices please select our terms and conditions link at the bottom of this page.