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Nin's Bin

Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
03 319 6454
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Ranked #9 of 39 restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $33 - $176
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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sydney
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A devine experience! I haven't eaten crayfish as fresh as this since I was a child. Quaint little van and owner took the time to explain that he fishes for cray everyday. We bought ours and took back to where we were staying. At it for dinner with a local wine. To die for. Highly recommend Nin's Bin if you... More

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Gawler, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Nin's Bin was well worth the stop. Loved the concept of this road side van that has been there for years and years. The lady who served us was very friendly and told us about a great spot to see some baby seals up the road. All this topped off with beautiful freshly cooked crayfish and lovely scenery. Unreal!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I Loved my journey to hunt down Nims Bin. I was not leaving NZ till I found it and it was just amazing when I got there as I had imagined. I purchased a fresh lobster from straight our of the ocean that day and boy was it nice.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

After the walk to the baby seals decided to round off a lovely afternoon with a stop here. The lady serving us was extremely friendly and helpful and we chose our crayfish with garlic butter and sat at the table enjoying the view. Delicious crayfish and the best chips we've all enjoyed for a long time.

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Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We're heading to Kaikoura Whale Watch and decided to drop by Nin's Bin to fill up our stomach for lunch. The crayfish and mussels are simply awesome! We tried the crayfish cold with lemon and warm with butter, both are amazing. With a beautiful weather we had and seated overlooking the ocean, it should be one of the enjoyment in... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Cute place, cool location. Yummy chips! A bit pricey but that's to be expected in such a touristy spot.

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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Fresh crayfish & green-lipped mussels from the fisherman's catch of the day. Crayfish was sold by weight, with the price written on its tail. So pick your choice, and with a great weather, you are able to sit & dine beside the sea. Is lovely.

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Denver, CO
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Got here a little late in the day so the selection of crayfish was limited, and strangely beer, soda and even bottled water was sold out. We shared a lobster, preparation is simple but good. Nice to sit down and enjoy the lobster in a stunning outdoor setting. A couple complaints, the tables were dirty, owner a little surly, and... More

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Craigellachie, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Having been up and down the SH1 on previous trips to NZ but never stopped at a crayfish shack I vowed to do it this time and boy we were not disappointed . crayfish sold on weight and we had with garlic butter and chips perfect even the rain couldn't detract from it - my only wish that I had... More

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Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

This is a must stop for lunch if you are traveling Hwy 1 between Blenheim and Kaikoura. You can't beat the experience of eating freshly prepared crayfish from a picnic table overlooking the ocean. I thought the prices were reasonable and you can pick from a large selection of sizes.

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