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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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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good34%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“pizza” (62 reviews)
“goat” (9 reviews)
“nachos” (4 reviews)
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM 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 1 week ago

Definitely worth the stop before driving down to Akaroa. Had a great coffee and the pizza was amazing. The outside sitting area allows you to see the view and watch the fog come over while eating and talking to the sheep. Great experience.

Thank selbydesign
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always wanted to try it . Lady on service didn't want to be there ,very cold. Ordered 2 cokes, 1 lemon lime bitters, 1 Coke n raspberry. Cokes flat (yesterday bottle) latter drinks weren't mixed. Chips very good. Calamari were ok out of bag but...More

Thank Aaron P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice and cosy café located at the top of a hill next to Akaroa. The food and drinks are nothing special but not bad at all. What makes the difference is the amazing view of Akaroa and the lake. Unbeatable.

Thank Guillermo M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After many years of travelling straight past the Hilltop Tavern we decided last weekend to stop for dinner. We ordered a half n' half pizza and waited 20 minutes for it to cook. For $24 it was so disappointing. The quantity of topping was pathetic...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Most definitely worth a stop off if not just to enjoy a drink and a bowl of chips whilst looking at that view!!

Thank 19laurajane82
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Called in on the way to Akaroa, stunning views, good coffee and foccacia, staff v friendly but v v busy with 2 bus parties in and the building itself needs smartening up and money spending on the facilities. My advice would be eat in Little...More

Thank j w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Five of us stopped at the Tavern on our way to Akaroa. The views from outside were amazing, though the wind was rather cool to stay out there, so we sat inside. Excellent coffee and scones, and service with a smile.

Thank Rose D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great location with beautiful views. Inside and outside seating.moderate pricing and great food! Only downside was we had to wait about 45 minutes to receive our food after ordering. Not overly crowded, so was not sure why the delay.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 11 February 2018

I enjoyed hard cider with friends while overlooking a breathtakiing view of Akaroa harbor. The goat grazing next door were also fun to watch. The pizza is great. My friends said the beer selection very good and they have the best ice cream made in...More

Thank Martha R
Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Tragic because that’s a view to die for and this place should be wonderful and iconic, instead of terribly tired and shabby. Lamb pizza OK (except for the lack of lamb) but the mussels were drowned in luke warm tomato goop. Whole bad experience topped...More

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MissBlanchfield, Manager at Hilltop Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Hello Thanks for your feedback the men’s toilet you are talking about was “out of order” with signs due to plumbing issues blocked toilet excess paper etc and we had some lovely guests take our tap heads which will arrive with plumber this week. Also...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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