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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, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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
Crayfish Heaven !!!

On our way down the coast from Picton You must stop here !!! Get all your money out and enjoy the delicious taste of Warmed Crayfish with garlic butter Sit outside whilst eating your spoils and watch the Seals frolicking in the ocean PERFECTION !! !

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Wendie F
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

On our way down the coast from Picton You must stop here !!! Get all your money out and enjoy the delicious taste of Warmed Crayfish with garlic butter Sit outside whilst eating your spoils and watch the Seals frolicking in the ocean PERFECTION !! !

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Thank Wendie F
Nailsworth, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful location right on the beach. Lobsters have numbers on their tails so pick a size to suit. Eat cold or with garlic butter - this place is an NZ must do.

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Thank Gill W
Bundall, Australia
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408 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a most amazing place to stop and chew on a local crayfish. The wild sea, snow capped mountains behind and marauding seals make this a surreal spots for a crayfish feast. Not your average gourmet lunch or garlic sauce, but not so pricey either. The local entertainment value is also worth the stop on a long drive

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Thank Andrew - Kristi... D
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nin's bin is pretty much a must do when in Kaikoura. The setting is perfect overlooking the ocean. Personally I do think you can get cheaper better tasting cray elsewhere but this was good. The lady that was serving us was rude and wasn't wearing any shoes so we were a bit concerned for her safety should something untoward happen... More 

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Thank BoofieDuckie
Paris, France
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215 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The title says it all. They are well-priced, ready to eat and very fresh tasting and they were cooked perfectly. We were told excatly what to do if we wanted to eat them warm, given extra lemons, and some other advice on what to see in the area..really nice people

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Thank VagabondLane
Wellington
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Caravan right next to the sea selling crayfish and other seafoods. I had the smallest cray she had which was $48 so don't expect a cheap meal but it's fresh and delicious and perfect.

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Thank tinytawnykitten
Bowmore
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74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on recommendation and enjoyed the food. Be aware it's not cheap but is lovely and fresh. You also have the option of the crayfish cold or warm with garlic butter.

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Thank Elizalilymum
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50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had heard about this spot and it wasn't hard to find. Right beside the highway on the beautiful east coast north of Christchurch. The cray very expensive for us Aussies but tasted great. Mussells fantastic. Save your pennies and drop in and enjoy great seafood overlooking the Pacific Ocean

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Thank Nigel F
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well this place didn't disappoint lovely fresh crayfish and crispy hot chips. Nothing better than overlooking the ocean whilst enjoying such beautiful seafood. Spotted some lovely seals sunning themselves on the rocks along the coast just magical.

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Thank Cindy D
Compiegne, France
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even if it rained very much, we stopped at nin's bin to each their famous crayfish. I took mussels. All was very good and at half price of a restaurant.

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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 - 132
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children

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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