Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 14 April 1931
The Hill Top Hotel, totally destroyed by fire last week, was an
accommodation house which has been a welcome harbour for horsemen and travellers for over sixty years. It was first built in about 1870 by Mr Garwood at one time a store-keeper in Akaroa. Mr Garwood did not occupy the hotel and the first licencee was Mr Haines, father of Mr Edward Haines of Barry's Bay. The next licensee was Mr Brookes, who also owned the Duvauchelle hotel, which was burned down during his ownership. Later Mr
Robert Paton took over the Hill Top and he was followed by Messrs W. Newton, W. Coombs, J. Vial, H. Bell, J. Bisman, and J. Petty. The hotel was built before the Main Road was formed right through, Little River to Akaroa and when it was only a riding track. When the coaches ran between Christchurch
and Akaroa, before the Little River railway was completed, the Hill Top was one of the stops for change of horses, another being at Wascoels, Birdlings Flat and another Tai Tapu. During Mr Paton's time the hotel was considerably improved and added to and during his time it ceased to be a changing place for horses.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 9 June 1899
Transfer Hill-Top Hotel, R. Paton to S. Mulhern
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 18 April 1902
Hill Top Hotel, I BEG to notify that I have taken the Hill Top Hotel,
Barry's Pass, from Mrs Mulhearn, and intend to make it as comfortable and convenient a house of call as possible. During my long service as guard on the Little River train I have thoroughly learnt the wants of the Travelling Public; ARTHUR JONES, Proprietor Hill Top Hotel.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 29 June
Mr W. NEWTON Hill Top Hotel, Barry's Pass.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 9 June 1911
Applications for licensee as under, were granted - Hill Top Hotel, Barry's Bay. W. Newton
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 18 October 1918
Mr W. COOMBS, Hill Top Hotel, Barry's Pass
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 12 June
Transfers were granted in respect to the Hill-top Hotel (Akaroa) from J James Bell to James Smith Vial (Mr Sargent). Accommodation license, Hill-top Hotel, James Smith Vial.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 1 June 1928
Two recent changes in licenses of the Hill Top hotel, and the Hotel Metropole, Akaroa, have taken place. Mr G. Petty has taken over the Hill Top hotel from Mr J. Bisman, who has held the license for three or four years. Mr Quested, of Timaru, has taken over the Metropole Hotel, Akaroa, from Mrs Wedderell, who has held the license for about two years. Both new licensees have taken possession.
Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, 4 September 1931
An application adjourned from the annual meeting was received for a renewal, of the accommodation ; license for the Hill-top Hotel, Barry's Bay. G. M. Petty, said his client wished to complain of the delay on the part of the owner of the premises in erecting a building to replace the one destroyed by fire on April 7th. At present a temporary license was granted in respect of a building which, contained only a bar and a sleeping place for the licensee and his wife. There was no accommodation whatever for the travelling public. The new building had been commenced but the work was proceeding very slowly, only two carpenters being employed. The chairman said the committee had received a letter from a landowner on the Peninsula complaining that there was now no accommodation at the Hill-top for drovers. There would soon be a good deal of stock on the road, and drovers would require accommodation at night. The chairman added that the loss of the hotel was causing a good deal of inconvenience to the travelling public.