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Nin's Bin

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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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Good for:
Local cuisine
Scenic view
Breakfast/Brunch

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
So expensive, fishy smell!

It was a bit off putting walking into the caravan with a pungent fishy smell greating us! I checked out the prices of the cray and all the extras you have to pay for! $6 for a bit of garlic butter! We walked back out pretty quickly. Plenty of tourists paying top dollar for possibly old crayfish... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Cheboo
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

It was a bit off putting walking into the caravan with a pungent fishy smell greating us! I checked out the prices of the cray and all the extras you have to pay for! $6 for a bit of garlic butter! We walked back out pretty quickly. Plenty of tourists paying top dollar for possibly old crayfish, good on ya.

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New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

凭着我的良心说,本来带着老妈高高兴兴的去买他们家的cryfish结果到了就发现,比去年涨价贵了大概20纽币。涨价也就算了,老板开口就说,“别摸呀,摸坏了你就陪!”(当然是说极快的英文)。 我靠,当时我就觉得那个肥婆不太和蔼,本来想着算了,反正就是想买给老妈吃。挑了一直我认为最大的,问题是结果真的好小好小!!问题是肥婆连摸都不让摸,就别说拿起来看看多大了,所以十多只cryfish在一个大箱子里面,都拳随着你根本看不出大小质量什么的。 心疼着我那60纽币还瘦了一肚子的气,最后悔的一次购物。 大家还是做到饭店里面舒舒服服的吃cryfish吧。因为价位真的差不多,省的坐在外面吃一肚子的风~! Most terrible experience in NZ. The big woman who sells cryfish in the Bin was not nice at all! Talking to customer in a rude way and after you purchase her most expensive cryfish (Which is actually really small), she smiled like a flower!~ Gosh...Rip off & Rude!:<

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Brussels, Belgium
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181 reviews 181 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Since the seventies this fishermen family is running this caravan where they sell super fresh cooked crayfish they caught during the previous hours. You may stop there just to buy a crayfish and take it away, but you can also sit at one of the picnic tables by the sea and eat it there. In this case, you are offered... More 

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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373 reviews 373 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I have to say that I was very disappointed, we visited Nins Bin based on the reviews here, and I wonder if we are reviewing the same place. Nins bin is a slightly grubby caravan near to the seal colony, with a few tables scattered outside along the car park overlooking the sea They have a plastic tub of pre... More 

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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
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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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 29 - 151
  • 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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