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Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
03 319 6454
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Ranked #7 of 40 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $29 - $155
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: Nins Bin was first estabilished in November 1977 as a roadside caravan selling fresh local crayfish. Still to this day it offers just that, right next to the beach for an ulitmate New Zealand experience.Only a 20minute drive north of the Kaikoura Township, it is a perfect stop off point to either dine in or take a crayfish away for your enjoyment later on!

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Singapore, Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The crayfish is very fresh and SUPER delicious chips. I prefer the cold cut crayfish over the heated one. Bring cash as the smallest crayfish is around $40. GPS coordinates S42 deg 15.862' / E173 deg 48.456'. About 10 minutes drive from Kaikoura town. It's on the right if you are heading north. Nice view and food.

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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170 reviews 170 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

While this is far from fine dining (it's a small trailer), the experience alone is worth the visit. The "crayfish" (rock lobster or spiny lobster to us Yanks) are fresh and delicious and to be able to enjoy them outside (the only place can be) with a view of the ocean and sounds of the sea, is something I will... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Ordered a crayfish (fresh with lemon) and chips. The crayfish was juicy and very flavoursome whilst the accompanying chips were probably the BEST I HAVE EVER HAD. I thought this place would be underwhelming but wow, it was great. :-)

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Singapore
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Thanks to Patrick our Hamptons B and B owner, we were directed to this little caravan parked by the road, with a spectacular sea view. This is on the way to the Ohau seal colony. We were glad that our host advised us to set off immediately from his B and B, as by the time we arrived at Nin's... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 via mobile

Our crayfish was caught and cooked in the morning and served to us soon after midday by the wife of the fisherman. We selected au naturel cold cray with beer battered chips - what a fantastic Kiwi meal in an iconic setting. We ate in the caravan watching a seal foraging in the sea within 30 metres. Terrific!

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Townsville, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 via mobile

Just 20 min drive north of Kaikoura a little caravan serves beautiful crayfish, it's a must do if you are around Kaikoura.. Nice service and amazing view.. We loved it!!!

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Waikawa, New Zealand
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15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Second time we have stopped here at about 12 noon. Very friendly service. Fresh crays each with different prices depending on size. We ordered two average crays at about $60 each heated with garlic butter and a bowl of hot fries. We would have ordered the whitebait fritters but unfortunately they were sold out. Sat outside with the great view... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

Visit there during afternoon, but the staff told us no garlic butter crayfish available due to NO FRYING PAN there... Juz serve cold crayfish but we saw a pan juz beside the stove!!! V plan to buy a cold crayfish and want to make payment, but the staff told us no eftpos juz cash....BUT outside the cabin stated "WE TAKE... More 

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hayleenz, Public Relations Manager at Nin's Bin, responded to this review

Hi there! First of all thank you for taking time to review us. Secondly I would like to apologize for the service you received, obviously as you you stated, there was in fact a pan which they blatantly lied about. I would like to try and rectify the eftpos situation though. Due to our location, our eftpos terminal is very... More 

Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Very delicious fresh crayfish cooked with garlic butter and lemon! The owner is very lovely and friendly! It was a sunny day to eat outside with a great ocean view!

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Wow, just visited this unassuming seaside van that is 'Nins Bin'. Easily the best lobster/crayfish meal ever, caught fresh that morning, simply cooked with garlic butter. Awesome location overlooking the beach. If you find your way in this part of the world, try to get to Nins Bin before the day's produce is sold out.

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Address: Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 319 6454
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
Average Prices: USD 29 - 155
Cuisine: Seafood

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