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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Weng P
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  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Very nice crayfish with a nice ocean view. We normally do not go for buttered crayfish but this was absolutely perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

After a fantastic crayfish lunch during our trip five years ago, we were compelled to return, and were delighted with the same fresh, high quality crayfish offerings. A bit pricey, but the size and quality of the fish would be hard to compete with in a formal restaurant. Another outstanding experience - do not be put off by the basic... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I stopped at Nins Bin on the way back from Hanmere Springs to Picton Ferry. On offer were mussels, as well as Crayfish (Almost Lobster) I settled for a whole Crayfish cut in half the first hot with garlic butter and the other half to keep for later. Each of the Crayfish cooked already are in a basket type arrangement... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

What can better better than a Crayfish of good size, cooked to perfection - eaten in the fresh air with the sound of the ocean? We took a big one, at NZ$ 64 - and a portion of Chips at NZ$ 6. That's a bargain for this kind of food. If you want cheaper - there're many Fish & Chips... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

It's not a posh restaurant, Nin's Bin is an old trailer parked in an area at the side of the road. The sea is behind it. Parking spaces in front and very rough tables to sit at. So what is all the fuss about. If you love sea food you have to stop. The lobsters are fantastic but I see... More 

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Elizabeth, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I had seen photos, recommendations, and reviews of Nin's Bin, so we specifically drove the beach road looking for the "famous" house trailer. Sadly, it was closed for dinner, so we went back the next day, when they were open for lunch. We selected one of the largest pre-cooked crayfish (rock lobster) they had and asked to have it split... More 

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Melton Mowbray
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This iconic and eccentric roadside eating experience is a must do on the way to Kaikoura. After visiting the Ohau seals and walking up to the waterfall ( lovely easy walk and loads of seals around) we stopped here for fresh crayfish. A 5 star restaurant it is not...but if you need a ( admittedly fairly expensive!) snack of crayfish... 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 29 - 152
  • 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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