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Nin's Bin

Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
03 319 6454
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Ranked #6 of 39 Restaurants in Kaikoura
Price range: $31 - $163
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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Sheffield
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Not to be missed - not fine dining, but fabulous cray fish that tasted absolutely brilliant. Arrive early, they only have a limited stock each day, and when it's gone, it's gone.

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited Nin's Bin in August, but we were so lucky to have a calm sunny day, so although it was chilly we sat on the picnic bench right beside the southern pacific eating The Most Delicious crayfish and huge bowls of chips! We had taken our own wine and plastic glasses. This really is the best place in the... More

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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Nin's Bin was the main factor in our decision to visit New Zealand and it definitely didn't disappoint! It was a perfect day to sit buy the ocean and eat succulent crays. We had one cold and one hot and both were equally delicious. The chips were certainly nothing fancy but still tasty! Such a great, unique experience sitting on... More

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Wellington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stopped with the kids and chose a $90 cray caught fresh that morning. They took out all of the plumbing and cut it in half for us. Threw in a few Lemons and Wow!! It doesn't get much better than that!!!

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sydney
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89 reviews 89 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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17 reviews 17 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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