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Hilltop Tavern

€€ - €€€, Pizza, Cafe
5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
+64 3-325 1005
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (54 reviews)
“pies” (3 reviews)
“fish and chips” (11 reviews)
10:00 - 16:00All hours
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
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Reviewed 24 April 2017

This place really does have a wonderfull view across Akaroa Harbour and the peninsular. While some might find the facilities a bit too rustic for their taste, I liked the down to earth feel, the friendly staff and food that was simple but well executed....More

1  Thank kiwi_dude
Reviewed 24 April 2017

It was a long and slow climb up the hill in an old double decker London bus but the views were certainly worthwhile. We had great cappuccino and scones and enjoyed the views over the valley which were spectacular. The sheep grazing on the hill...More

Thank ransclan
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is the only stopping point on the road into the area and, while the service is fine, they really need to spend some cash on the facilities. The toilets are outdated and badly in need of fresh furnishing etc

Thank CaravannersDandK
Reviewed 11 April 2017

After the steep climb from Little River, it was good to stop, eat lunch whilst looking down on the water with Akaroa in the distance, amazing outlook, it was sunny and warm, wonderful setting. The tavern itself is nothing flash, but the location is incredible.

Thank Sandra C
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Excellent icecream stop! Great coffee , very friendly staff and pet sheep out back for the children to meet and greet!

Thank 150mumof2
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

The view of the surrounding hills and bay hundreds of feet below are worth the stop. We stopped for a glass of wine on the beautiful terrace before descending into Akaroa. The service was friendly, and the wine was good. But the setting is the...More

1  Thank Jim G
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous view looking down over akaroa Harbor. Great service. Good selection of beer and wine. Good food options too. Better than most of the restaurants down in akaroa town!

Thank emjunck
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

A great place to stop, especially on a clear day, with fantastic views. Great pizzas from a genuine pizza oven and excellent coffee.

Thank Joan M
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We drove into Akaroa on a nasty, rainy and cold day. Had wanted to get fish and chips at a carryout but with the rain we decided to leave and head back to the Hilltop Tavern. We were seated next to a large window that...More

Thank wwjd1947
Reviewed 6 March 2017

A lovely spot. Great friendly service. Will definitely go again! We just stopped for a drink and a bowl of chips but you could spend hours relaxing there. Great for groups and families too.

Thank Laura G
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Akaroa
  • Phone Number: +64 3-325 1005
  • E-mail
The Hilltop is perched on the pass overlooking the beautiful Akaroa Harbour. Its a classic 1930s pub building with a nice front lawn to enjoy the view. We serve freshly caught fish, wood-fired pizza, steaks, slow-cooked meats, soup and a range of tapas. We also have homemade pies, sweets & pastries for those looking for a quick bite. Great fair-trade coffee & loose leaf tea. Craft beer and local, sustainable wines. Check out our websites for upcoming live music. (Open later than 9.30-pm on gig nights and weekends, depending on busyness) Please note, the Hilltop has seasonal hours: 7 days 10-late: Christmas- Easter Thur- Sun 10-late: Easter to the end of July Closed for the month of August Wed-Sun 10-late Sept-Christmas
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