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Hilltop Tavern

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$$ - $$$
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Gluten Free Options
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5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
+64 3-325 1005
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Monday
Closed
Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There can be no doubt that the view from the Hilltop is the reason you stop as you go to Akaroa but is worth dropping in to the pub itself for at least a cold low alcohol beer on a warm day. It is also true that there are areas that could be improved and the very new owners are... More 

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Thank Des H
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

On our way home from Akaroa we popped into this beautiful cafe / pub perched in the hills with a stunning outlook. Service was excellent and friendly, good menu and specials available and great options for kids. We ordered pizza along with some calamari both were excellent, pizza freshly made too. Strongly recommend

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Thank Martin L
Newcastle, Australia
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited in January 2017. Has an amazing view but the food and service is very average. Very busy with tourist buses. Exiting from carpark is very dangerous as it is on a blind corner. Still it is worth a stop just to take in the views.

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Thank John R
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21 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We stopped here on our way in and out of Akaroa. It was a nice location for a stretch break, and actually required as we fixated on the stunning views. There was a nice selection of food, staff were really nice, and we were really lucky to arrive at the right time for warm cookies on our way out.

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Thank Karen S
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Since my last visit to the Hill Top I'm afraid things have gone down-hill (pun intended) Have also discovered that since my last visit to the Hill Top the place is now under new management/ownership and it was obvious from start to finish. Bar-person seemed out of their natural environment making basic drinks and somehow managed to tag extra items... More 

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Thank Corey C
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've given Hilltop Tavern a top review as the pizzas are very good. Unfortunately, we arrived later than expected and they added more wood on the pizza oven after a busy lunch, which delayed our service. The chef was great about it and offered us a drink. Wasn't needed though. Happy to go back. Great views. Also bought the Edible... More 

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Thank GerlaB
Gold Coast, Australia
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is good pub food and very popular stoping point for visitors and many tour buses stop and the customers can be served with refreshments .

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Thank Julia G
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great location at the top of the hill. Very tired loking once you go through the doors. Property needs a good overhaul and painting. Needs more than one table with an umbrella outside

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Thank longs2017
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Has an amazing view but the food and service is very average. Parking is horrible for motorbike with gravel and I find the entrance and exiting very dangerous as it is on a blind corner

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Thank bobb2015
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the burgers of the day and, while they were fine, what really made the experience was the view of the Banks Peninsula below. (The goat and the sheep hanging out with the diners weren't bad, either.) Go hungry, grab a beer (and a designated driver, as the roads are TWISTY) and sit in the sun at this laid... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
Cuisine
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?