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Nin's Bin

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New Zealand, Seafood
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Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
6433196454
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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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127 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We broke our journey here on the advice of some locals for an early lunch. It is s caravan seemingly set up in a beach side car park. You come here for the fresh crays but the chips were pretty good too. We sat at one of the tables in the sun and watched the seals on the nearby rocks... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

the service was amazing i loved the scenery but the food was the best the mussels and chips were good but the crayfish was delicious i cant even explain how good it was. i highly recommend going there and i definitely will be going back there sometime in the summer. i have tried a lot of crays in my life... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Over the years we revisiting this little bin to have fresh cooked crayfish. However the price goes up every time we revisit... We did not buy any for the first time when we last visited Kaikoura, simply because it was too expensive...

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1 Thank Lexi0311
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We had a cold crayfish with lemon here. It was delicious, cooked perfectly with firm flesh, excellent taste. Some of the best seafood we ever had. You can't beat the location. But for seafood sold out of a caravan, I have to say that we got a shock when we saw the prices. I'd read one of my favourite bloggers... More 

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1 Thank Melissa F
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

I was very disappointed from when I walked in seeing blowflies everywhere. There was a lady out in a car who I thought was a customer and then in she walked to serve me. On the menu board there was 3 items to order from - crayfish/lobster, mussels and chips. There were no chips and when I asked for the... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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87 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This place, a tiny shed selling crayfish, is an institution. The following is some history: "Nin's Bin has been a favourite stop for kiwis heading up the coast from Christchurch to Kaikoura for many generations. The menu is simple - crayfish and mussels. Pair the freshness (picked straight from the sea) with reasonable prices and unbelievable views (teal green ocean... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

The location you cant get any better, right on the waters edge, it's not every trip we stop in but only as a once now and then treat as the price is getting high for a small crayfish.

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Bayeux, France
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

You have to stop at Nin's Bin if you are traveling between Picton and Christchurch...fabulous!! Don't be thrown off by the shack-like appearance...inside is sparkling clean. Shelia helped us pick out our fresh "crayfish" (lobster), then steamed it with some garlic butter. We also had a bowl of mussels...YUM!! the food was made even better by sitting ocean side on... More 

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Rockhampton, Australia
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Stopped in for fresh crayfish and that is exactly what we got! Ate our cray with garlic butter overlooking the ocean, and away from the outside wind! Yum!

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Thank Naomi R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Freshly caught, simply cooked and delicious. The girl was friendly and chatted about the area and the history. Lovely experience on such a cold windy day. I had given up on getting the much talked about NZ crayfish, but we found this little gem 3 days before we were due to fly home.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$29 - $145
Cuisine
New Zealand, Seafood
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine
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
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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