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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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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“pizza” (62 reviews)
“goat” (9 reviews)
“nachos” (4 reviews)
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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 2 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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

Thank FergusMc2
MissBlanchfield, Manager at Hilltop Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week 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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the title says....if you should find yourself here on the windy road to or from Akaroa.....look at the gorgeous view...then do yourself a BIG favour...turn around....and walk/run/drive away for the good of your health! There are dozens of much much nicer places to eat...More

1  Thank onhols4ever
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Arriving early for lunch we decided to just have drinks before continuing on our way. While friendly the service wasn't flash, and the coffee was quite bitter. No handles on the taps in the men's toilets 🤐. Glad we weren't eating.

Thank Ezra710
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stop for the view and a drink ! The view is amazing! It’s such a shame they’re resting on their laurels of enough tourists stopping for the view ...and don’t seem to care or put effort into the food service or cleanliness ... someone could...More

Thank alwaystravelling73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to have a drink and a bite to eat with breathtaking views of the bays. The casual setting means that we stop over often on our way to Akaroa. It has seating outside - perfect for a summer's day or stay cozy...More

Thank Moffat M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here on the way in, and out of Akaroa. Wonderful views....excellent 'bar' food. However the mens loo taps left a lot to be desired(!!!) (See sink with a pair of pliers on the taps!) and it felt (the 1st time) that the place...More

Thank SueS1957
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Views that take your breath away. A great place to stop enjoy a drink and or bite to eat and develope some anticipation of that which which lies ahead of you.

Thank Kelvin O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this Cafe as part of a coach tour. Venue is grotty. A scone is $6..... yes that is correct, one scone! Toilets dirty and smelly. Eating area full of huge blow flies. No atmosphere. Staff not motivated at all. Service slow. You would think...More

Thank Wetravelafairbit
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 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, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View, 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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