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.
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.
Stewart Island a Boom
"What an incredible season for Stewart Island" is the best way to define this years visitor numbers. We had a great spell of weather through December and January and I cant say that I have seen as many people at the beach as I have this year.
This all means we have had more pressure on our infrastructure and many people were very low to empty of water stocks. There is always a downside to all upsides but overall I think there is more to be happy with than down with. One of the truly down things was the failure of the Drunken Octopus to get off the ground when the Island was screaming out for more places to eat. This has put great pressure on the south Seas Hotel , Just Cafe and ourselves but the South Seas definitely wares the brunt of the pressure.
It is an interesting time for the Island and how as a community we deal with, and feel about, growing tourist numbers is something we will need to think and talk about. We have a small infrastructure and many of the businesses are small owner operated outfits and with the 24/7 nature of the summer season it is definitely a tiring time.
I have met many visitors that have arrived to the Island without planning ahead and therefore found themselves without accommodation or somewhere to eat. As a service provider this is good I suppose but it isn't nice not being able to offer visitors the experience they were hoping for. I can only say that if you are reading this and thinking about coming to Stewart Island please plan ahead.
Our thanks go out to all those that have contributed to our great season so far and we look forward those on the way. We will close at the end of May for our winter break so it is still head down and bums up for a few more months.
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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