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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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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (54 reviews)
“pies” (3 reviews)
“fish and chips” (11 reviews)
10:00 AM - 4:00 PMAll hours
New Zealand, Pizza, Cafe, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
5207 Christchurch-Akaroa Road | Little River, Akaroa 7591, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 226 reviews

Reviewed today via mobile

The restaurant has a perfect view of Akaroa! But we think it will be even better if the food could have more improvement. Still a really nice place to visit.

Thank mzh602
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had visitors for Aussie who wanted to experience the Akaroa French Festival. we stopped in for a coffee on the way to Akaroa. Greeted by lovely welcoming lady. Great service. Coffees were fantastic. Pity it was foggy for the beautiful hiding behind the clouds.

Thank Ngaire G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful views and beautiful food. Service was very busy but still attentive to detail and prompt in delivery. The pizzas we had were full of taste, cooked in wood-fired oven, and on a thin base. Not cheap, but well endowed with fresh ingredients. Cups were...More

Thank Gavin6114
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped to see the views of Akaroa and have a quick drink. Sat outside in the sunshine on a cold crisp day and enjoyed the breathtaking view. Had a cup of Tokyo lime tea which was good.

Thank yunshou57
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Great pub at the top of the hill with spectacular views. Wholesome food with a roaring log fire. This is a must visit on your way into Akaroa.

1  Thank Brian S
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Even though it was far from the best time to visit this place, a cold, rainy, winter evening (too dark to appreciate any view) the wood fired Lucas Bay pizza (cold-smoked Akaroa salmon with capers, cream cheese and rocket) with a glass of red made...More

Thank PatrickSurLaRoute
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Arrive and looked like it was closed but when we came in we were welcomed with a smile. We were the only ones there. Ordered beef burgers, a pizza and fish n chips along with some drinks. Drinks arrived promptly and we found a pool...More

Thank ElGato69
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Snow covered hills and a blustery wind led me to stop here for a warm drink and to take in the view. A warm fireplace welcomes all and the view is spectacular. Ordered a Mocachino off the menu on the wall. The waiter charges $5.20,...More

Thank Mornay D
Reviewed 11 May 2017

The views, both inside and out, are absolutely breath taking. The pub has a great selection of brews, wines and liquor. There is a wood fired pizza oven plus a good restaurant menu. All that is missing is rooms so that patrons could stay longer,...More

Thank davejohnbiking
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Very inventive pizza combinations and great local brews, a perfect combination for a memorable lunch. In fact it was so good we came back another 2 times! Was good value compared to many of the options in Akaroa.

Thank TheGaffer67
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$32
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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