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Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
03 319 6454
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Description: Nins Bin was first estabilished in November 1977 as a roadside caravan...
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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  • 59
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  • 5
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Bring cash!!!

Nin's Bin has been on my Must Eat list, so I was extremely disappointed to stop at the truck (just south of Ohau seal colony) only to learn that they don't take Eftpos or credit. Hopefully this is a temporary thing, as everything I've read indicates they take both. However, as they haven't... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
arianyx
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Nin's Bin has been on my Must Eat list, so I was extremely disappointed to stop at the truck (just south of Ohau seal colony) only to learn that they don't take Eftpos or credit. Hopefully this is a temporary thing, as everything I've read indicates they take both. However, as they haven't mentioned it on their FB page, I... More 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Like many other tourists who had heard of nin's bin and how good their crayfish was, we just had to try them. Initially we were afraid that the place would be difficult to find, but we were glad how easily in sight it was. It was located somewhere below the seal colony of kaikoura and there are also other crayfish... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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38 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I am no snob when it comes to dining but this place was ridiculous. Not so much the fact that's it's a shack on the side of the road as I ate at World famous barbecue and that has the same set up (just done 20 times better) but the fact that you have to pay to have your crayfish... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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12 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The cray's were great, to be honest it's a simple set up, great view out over the water. Prices are retail, so it's all about the experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I just had to go here, and it did not disappoint, a fresh crayfish, cut in half, with a serve of chips, bought from someone with a smile, and eaten at bbq table and chairs set beachside, it's a fantastic place and reason to take a break halfway between picton and christchurch, or about halfway, I paid about $70, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

I thought Nin's was famous for their flavorful and fresh crayfish only, now I know they cook the best chips as well! Totally enjoyed everything, thanks Nin's for the great experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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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17 helpful votes 17 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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: 03 319 6454

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 28 - 150
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view

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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