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Hilltop Tavern

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5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
+64 3-325 1005
Sun 10:00 - 16:00
Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 has an awesome view. We are at the end of a 3 week trip in... More 

Thank wwjd1947
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent! Stop inside, the food is as good as the view. I don't understand the bad reviews. Under new ownership; got to meet the family & they were great! My children wouldn't be who they are today if I hadn't stopped...and I don't even have kids yet ;)

Thank Derek D
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our boat Captain suggested the Hilltop for dinner as opposed to the Akaroa area for its scenery. We were not disappointed as the view overlooking the valley is stunning. Very personable wait staff who made excellent suggestions such as their wood fired oven thin crust pizzas and pork ribs. Service was prompt and friendly and you will not be disappointed... More 

Thank Bill T
Franz Josef, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

great views, great coffee and great service! lovely outdoor area with million dollar views, Staff provided great info of area must stop

Thank MissBlanchfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Loved the berry cider and Pizza. Very delicious! Nice view and lovely staff. Worth a visit if you are travelling to or from Akaroa!

Thank Patrick O
HilltopManagement, Manager at Hilltop Tavern, responded to this review

Many Thanks for taking the time to review us. We too here enjoy the berry cider on tap super refreshing on a hot summers day!! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Conveniently located enroute to the Akaroa or the French Farms from Christchurch, this is definitely must stop at to take in the astounding view of the lake and the mountains, plus, you're greeted by a sheep and a goat (i assume they are residents). After our alpaca farm tour, we caught a bite on the way back to our hotel... More 

Thank lui g
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Visited amongst seven bus trips that were visiting this tourist site in the one day. Despite the really busy moments dealing with making hundreds of coffees, service was good. Had amazing pizza from their pizza oven and a good Panhead beer on tap to wash it down. Great views and food, worth going to.

Thank rt_zooper

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 32
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, View
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
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?