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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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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
When in Kaikoura...

Beautiful walk along the rocky shore after the storm. A family business started by their grandad in '70's, I'm told by the proud proprietor. Rich history shared of childhood experiences... And koura! What can I say! when in Kaikoura! Nins Bin is an experience plus!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2015
Launa-Anne S
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  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Beautiful walk along the rocky shore after the storm. A family business started by their grandad in '70's, I'm told by the proud proprietor. Rich history shared of childhood experiences... And koura! What can I say! when in Kaikoura! Nins Bin is an experience plus!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The days crayfish catch sits pre-boiled in a styrofoam box with prices scribed on each tail, with offers of being served either split in half and served cold with lemon or warmed with garlic butter. Hot chips and 1 dozen mussels were the only other options on this particular day. I wasn’t all that hungry but I couldn’t visit the... More 

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

A must if you are in the Kaikoura area. We waited half an hour for a fresh batch to be delivered and it was well worth the wait. It also meant we had more choice in how much we wanted to spend on one. We had ours cold with lemon but there is the option of it being warm with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

After our stop at some Blenheim wineries we headed down the Coast. What could be better than a fresh Cray, a nice bottle of Pino Gris and the rich blue Pacific? Not much but we took ours into the mountains and had the perfect picnic. The Cray was excellent.

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Melaka State, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Absolutely tasty crayfish and mussels! Sitting at the sea front on a beautiful sunny day having those delicious food is an awesome experience. A must-do in Kaikoura. Food is a little pricey but is worth the experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Ok, so it's a bit expensive but on a gorgeous day it is fabulous to sit facing the Pacific Ocean and eay fresh cray from this rustic caravan. One of those " you only live once" moments. Don't miss the seal pups just north of Nin's.

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Geelong, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

No frills, rustic but deliciously fresh crayfish! We were lucky to be able to enjoy at the picnic table in the sun with a fabulous ocean view

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The lobsters were all cooked and lined up in a big plastic box, with prices marked on the tails. We were told not to touch the lobster, which came as a surprise. Maybe a better is to have a glass display cabinet to avoid all the negative reviews.

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Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Please do get some crayfish and mussels here!! Its awesome!!:) we stopped by twice! Ruby&Ryan Singapore

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I've always seen Nins Bin in pictures and on TV and wanted to go. It was a perfect day to sit outside and eat lobster. As far as the lobster itself goes I'm a diver so probably spoiled, it didn't seem ocean fresh and because of the set up there had to be cooked twice so ended up a bit... More 

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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 26 - 136
Cuisine: Seafood

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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 26 - 136
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Local cuisine

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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