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Hilltop Tavern

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5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
+64 3-325 1005
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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121 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed September 26, 2016

I've been going to Akaroa all my life but the view of Akaroa Harbour from Hilltop never fails to take my breath away on a bright, sparkling summer day. Don't miss it. There's a good view place with plenty of parking at the pub.

Thank milliesmum2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2016

Went for a drink and decided to stay for dinner and glad we did.The pizzas were delicious as were the chips.All beautifully cooked.Really nice atmosphere and staff.

Thank Sullyschch
Sevenoaks Uk
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273 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2016

This was an ideal lunch stop giving a first view over the Akaroa crater and harbour. Friendly service and simple but tasty menu

Thank PaulJanet
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Really friendly staff and the view is amazing Food was a little pricey but the pizzas are fabulous Breakfast was not quite as good but still would go back Enjoyed the spot very much

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed September 12, 2016

We didn't eat here, only stopped for drink as we passed through so I can only comment on the staff - which the bartender was very friendly - and the view - which is to die for!!

Thank novcruisin
Ashburton, New Zealand
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Thanks guys for the great friendly fast service. Wee pit stop on the way to Akaroa. Tasty Woodfired Pizza & awesome boutique Canterbury beer on tap. Obvious new guy serving us was super friendly & happy..... Great customer service always goes a long way 👍👍👍

Thank 12QUINN
Christchurch, New Zealand
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Lovely spot to stop for a meal or even just a coffee and take in the spectacular views over Akaroa and surrounding area.

Thank debbz33
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch today on a whim having driven past many times. Great friendly staff. I got the burger and my lady got a pizza. My burger was a 10/10 and rach reckons the pizza was primo. Well worth the extra 10 mins drive to avoid the horrid crowds at little River cafe. Ironically they were closing for a... More 

Thank Mumblegrunt
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I stopped here for a cuppa and brunch recently as the view is panoramic. However I asked for a Large cappuccino and got the smallest coffee I've ever had. The scone I had was way undercooked. So it was a disappointing stop.

Thank Vonney S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2016

We were at Hilltop recently for breakfast after our first choice venue had a power cut. We've been past Hilltop many times over the years but have never stopped. I'm glad we did this time as our breakfasts were all excellent and great value for money. The best thing was the view (as shown in the main photo, same view... More 

Thank Andrew G

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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
$10 - $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
Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
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
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?