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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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  • 37
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  • 6
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  • 4
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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
Tasty food, a "must-do" when you visit Kaikoura!

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Melaka State, Malaysia
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  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
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Melaka State, Malaysia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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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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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 - 147
  • 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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