The Church Bistro – Hahei, NZ

A quality dining experience…

The Church Bistro is a family run restaurant where father and son Souza from Brazil combine their talent and experience behind the stove!

Come and enjoy Chef Guto and Chef Gabriel in their craziness, loudness but most of all, their culinary uniqueness!

They bring over 50 years international experience to the stove, showing of the skills and taste combinations they have picked up on their travels.

Their plates are infused with flavors from their childhood in Brazil, experiences in Portugal, India, the Netherlands and now New Zealand.

We are available for birthday celebrations, business functions and boutique style weddings. We are happy to talk with you about your requests and to discuss menu options.

…steeped in history

The Church Bistro is situated in Hahei and conveniently placed in and around some of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand including Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.

The Church Bistro is housed in the original church building from the early 1900’s, and relocated from its original home, Taumarunui. The exposed kauri beams, classical joinery and original floor add to its charm and character.

The Church Bistro Hahei NZ


  • $ 24
    Grilled octopus with crispy homemade polenta & seasonal vegetables ratatouille
  • $ 22
    Pork cheek confit, parsnip & parmesan puree, balsamic manuka honey caramel sauce and fresh herbs
  • $ 20
    Lamb shoulder croquette with hummus, mushroom & capsicum salsa, with an Indian paratha
  • $ 19
    Spaguetti of Zucchini & a Provencal sauce
The Church Bistro Hahei NZ


  • $ 40
    Grilled fish fillet with a cream of green asparagus & cherry tomatoes in confit, grilled risotto
  • $ 45
    Trio of Duck; grilled duck breast, pulled duck confit in pastry & duck liver terrine with a berry sauce and goat cheese mousse
  • $ 45
    Your choice of Eye fillet steak OR New Zealand Lamb rump, potatoes Hamburguesa filled with spinach & mushroom topped with cheese, green peppercorn sauce and grilled leek
  • $ 34
    Fresh pasta in a porcini mushroom sauce sprinkled with shaved Grana Padano


  • $ 15
    Crème Brûlée of vanilla bean
  • $ 15
    Pear poached in white wine & chocolate mousse, garnished with walnuts
  • $ 12
    Duo of sorbet

Children’s Menu

(twelve years and under)

  • $ 20
    Fish and chips
  • $ 20
    Grilled eye fillet steak & pasta with tomato sauce


For reservations or general enquiries

Please book here through our online system.
For groups of 8 or more, or for late notice bookings, please contact the restaurant
07 866 3797 or send an email to:


Opening hours:

Open: Wednesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm.


Looking forward to seeing you then.

Find us at 87 Hahei Beach Rd, Hahei, NZ | get directions

Please do not leave a reservation on here if you require a booking within 24 hours, this is our peak season and we can’t always guarantee you a table. Please call one of the above numbers to check for same day bookings.

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