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Boutique Lodge and Restaurant Business for Sale Stewart Island

Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant For Sale On Stewart Island

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Boutique Lodge and Restaurant Business for Sale Stewart Island

“Welcome to Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant”

New to the market, Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant is for sale as a freehold going concern on beautiful Stewart Island, New Zealand’s most southern Island. Offering an exquisite experience of both modern dining and limited accommodation, alongside authentic Southern flora and fauna, it’s guests relish the peace, authenticity and serenity that is woven into every aspect of the experience.

The existing property is situated on a strategic land title of 1593m² (approx.) just five minutes’ walk from the main township of Oban in the main commercial area of Half Moon Bay.


  • Purpose-built lodge & restaurant
  • Superior location and views
  • Unique NZ flora and fauna experience
  • Superb lifestyle business offering balance
  • Quality modern accommodation
  • Quality locally sourced and prepared cuisine
  • ‘Sustainability’ Ethos right through-out the business
  • Guest wood-fired hot tub
  • Guest laundry and drying room
  • Only minutes from the main township on the island
  • Plus there’s a new boiler system installed for heating the radiators and a califont for the hot water

This unique accommodation and hospitality business features an outstanding restaurant and three guests suites, all decked and ensuited. Situated on the hill by the church, Church Hill offers guests incredible views out to Halfmoon Bay and the outer islands. Our current owners have made Church Hill their life, home and business, and have thoroughly enjoyed their idyllic lifestyle. They re-established Church Hill Restaurant & Oyster Bar in 2012 and then Church Hill Boutique Lodge & Restaurant in 2017. It was developed in such a way as to ensure that as little of the natural bush was disturbed during construction as possible.

Business Resources


Church Hill Restaurant offers a boutique dining experience for visitors wanting to sample the cuisine of Stewart Island. The main restaurant features a character 244m² (approx.) converted home, into a fabulous restaurant featuring an authentic log fire and includes a private dining room (also used as the breakfast room for the 3 suites currently operating on the property), a large main restaurant, sunroom dining area, and both an undercover and external dining deck and courtyard. The total Resource consent is for 48 dining guests, so the business is ideally set up for weddings, functions and conferences. The restaurant features a modern commercial kitchen and generous back of house storage.


Church Hill is a short 5 minute walk from the Oban township, ferry terminal and flight centre. Offering personalised service, and three five-star 35m²stand alone suites, Church Hill aims to provide a quality experience for guests. All rooms have views of the bay and were built to face the sunrise for exquisite skies. Surrounded by native bush, the birds are only an arms length away. All rooms feature King-size beds, Sky TV, DVD, Wi-fi, tea and coffee making facilities, non-alcoholic refreshments, home baking, and in room lounging and dining facilities. A guest laundry is provided for the accommodation guests

  • Foveaux Suite, named for it’s view into Foveaux Strait, with a private outdoor area, with a wood fired hot tub
  • Kamahi Suite, so called as it has Kamahi trees directly in front, and the business is on Kamahi road
  • Tokoeka Suite, the Maori name for the Rakiura kiwi, this suite is themed to represent the fauna of Stewart Island

The property enjoys a large car park for guests to park on site, however many guests are picked up and dropped off by the lodge and restaurant, at the ferry or air terminal.


There is additional space (subject to Council approval) to build a 4th suite alongside the existing 3 suites. There are currently several fantastic vegetable gardens and hot houses, which provide much of the organic vegetables and fruits for the restaurant, and there is room (subject to Council approval) to build a small owners cottage, plus there is an option to also purchase a section nearby (about 10 minutes’ walk) if the purchaser requires another property nearby.


Church Hill had been the Squires family holiday home dating back to the early 1900’s. They had called it “Tenola at Church Hill”. (Tenola is an anagram randomly drawn from a hat from the letters of lean-to). It was located on the hill where the church stands, hence the name: Church Hill.

Our vendors are now seeking to move on to a new adventure and want to pass this outstanding business on to new owners who can carry on the unique and special charm of the establishment, and add their own flair and finesse too. If you are seeking a business and lifestyle that offers you balance, and the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of life, people and nature, then call Adrian now.

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Contact: Adrian Chisholm

Adrian Chisholm

+64 21 727 888
Licensed REAA 2008
Broker Ref: 32836

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