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Nin's Bin

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Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
6433196454
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Dining options: Breakfast, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Takeout
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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  • 71
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  • 40
    Very good
  • 7
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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
Great experience

We happened upon Nin's Bin on our way to see the Ohau seal colony. We instantly decided to stop there on the way back to Kaikoura because it was so cute and we knew the area is famous for its crayfish. It was a cold, damp and windy day but we loved every minute of our lunch, standing at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
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Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Go for the view not really the food. We order the mussels and the crayfish and were pretty let down by both. The mussels were a bit under cooked and not cleaned very well and the crayfish was just okay and very expensive. They were out of chips so the kids really had nothing to eat since they didn't like... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 via mobile

When you hear about a venue so many times and then finally get there to find the food is so unrealisically expensive is so disappointing. Their speciality is crayfish but only 3 on offer that were small and over the top expensive. Even the fish and chips. What a let down. Found a really nice venue in Kai Kora.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Not sure if there's an ownership change but when we visited it was terrible and not at all like what I had expected from all the reviews - the crayfish were frozen and over priced. You could buy them and it could be heated up in the microwave. That was the offering - we did come in winter but that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We happened upon Nin's Bin on our way to see the Ohau seal colony. We instantly decided to stop there on the way back to Kaikoura because it was so cute and we knew the area is famous for its crayfish. It was a cold, damp and windy day but we loved every minute of our lunch, standing at the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Very excited to visit Nin's Bin but unfortunately we left dissapointed. Products prices were deceiving and expensive given that the crayfish were not alive. The staff on the day were rude. It was also unhygienic that the staff weren't using gloves to touch the crayfish. Will recommend the other crayfish place down the road.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We came in with plenty of excitement but left with dissapointment. The smell of the place as you enter pretty much describes the customer service we've received - stinks! For what you'll have to pay for the product you would expect a good experience with it - unfortunately, Nin's Bin didn't achieve that. The staff on the day (12/07/15) was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This place sells you the whole experience! You will enjoy either crayfish or mussels with garlic or just with salt and lemon, sitting outside with a magnificent view of the sea. It is really original and I definitely will visit again.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is the place to stop if you want to experience the freshest crayfish, possibly the best chips in New Zealand and some very dry Kiwi humour. At the time of our visit the wind was howling and anything or anyone outside got sand blasted. As we arrived after 1 pm the menu had been reduced to crayfish, chips and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Stopped off here on the way down to Christchurch after reading positive reviews on Trip Advisor. The van is so kitsch - I loved it! And it was SO clean and tidy. Unfortunately today the lobster was only available "as is" and so I missed out on my garlic butter and chips. :( Nevertheless, I totally enjoyed my natural lobster... More 

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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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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: 6433196454

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 129
  • 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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