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Nin's Bin

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, New Zealand
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Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Ashburton, New Zealand
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250 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped at Nins Bin to buy crayfish but really couldn't justify the enormous price that the fetch now. We opted for a large bowl of green lipped mussels cooked on site. I went back to over van to butter some bread and the steaming hot bowl of mussels with lemon was delivered to the door. Top Marks for brilliant... More 

Thank Marg22
George Town, Malaysia
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270 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the day we drove from Christchurch to Picton, we already knew we must have a meal at Nin's Bin. They are famous for their fresh seafood, especially crayfish and mussel. We arrived nearly 5pm. I saw their caravan parked by the street alone, but there were no crowd. I was a little worried. When we found out that they... More 

Thank UnderBigHill
Wellington, New Zealand
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Saturday 24th September 2016 i had promised my Chinese wife a taste of New Zealand in the form of crayfish.We called at Nin's Bin just north of Kaikoura to partake.Crayfish,steamed mussels and lovely chips certainly captivated the taste buds of my wife.Highly recommend to any traveller who has the time to stop.Ample signage before and a good area to... More 

Thank Colin N
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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130 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 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 

Thank Spit56
New Plymouth, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank fagnut420
Christchurch, New Zealand
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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...

1 Thank Lexi0311
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

3 Thank Melissa F
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles 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 

2 Thank 1NewZealand1
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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95 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Stephen J
Motueka, New Zealand
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Dino_Thai

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$29 - $143
Seafood, New Zealand
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
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
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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