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Nin's Bin

$$ - $$$Seafood,
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6454
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 8, 2016

Stopped in to have a look but the prices $50-$80 each is way over the top. The shack is in a nice beach side spot.

Thank David U
Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Had read about Nins Bin and found the prices much more reasonable than the other crayfish seller a little further north, and the staff much friendlier . However, the pull off into the parking area from both directions is dreadful. Deeply rutted and with potholes...More

Thank Heather D
Reviewed March 28, 2016

We stopped on our way to Kaikoura in this wonderful spot overlooking the ocean. We chose our crayfish. It was expensive but deliciously cooked. This place also has mussels, white bait, etc. She was out of any beverage that day unfortunately but we were glad...More

Thank chadiekarbaschian
Reviewed March 26, 2016

I would have thought that the local frays would be well priced at this location but $170kg is a bit on the nose

1  Thank rovinon
Reviewed March 25, 2016

One of the things we were so excited about when planning our trip was to buy a fresh crayfish from this roadside stall. OMG how fabulous to pull up here on the second day of our holiday roadie, on a glorious blue and gold day....More

Thank MazNewZealand
Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

We had the garlic butter crayfish it was delicious would definitely recommend to anybody that is down this way to stop in and try it for themselves

Thank connie m
Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

We went to give Nin's Bin a try as it is mentioned in multiple travel guides. Yes the food prices are steep but the crayfish is fresh, meaty and sweet. It is the scenery and location that really makes Nin's Bin an experience worth the...More

Thank Kelly Y
Reviewed March 4, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here after years of wanting to. It did not disappoint. Large crayfish and the lady explained how to eat it. It was simply delicious with yummy fries in the side. Well worth the price

Thank naths1
Reviewed February 29, 2016

This was our favorite experience in New Zealand - the food was amazing, the owners were incredible and the views were unparalleled!

Thank monimel
Reviewed February 28, 2016

Worthing buying crayfish even though expensive. Fresh is the key word. Unadorned and served to you at tables next to beach. Mussels also available although we didn't enjoy them. No dressing either. Cray was wonderful and happy to have spent $140 NZ, for two cray....More

Thank Denise M
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Jason N
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Response from Colin N | Reviewed this property |
At this time Nins Bin is not in operation due to recent large earthquake.Highway one north of Kaikoura will soon reopen,as i hope Nins Bin.
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
$27 - $136
Seafood, New Zealand
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Scenic view, Local cuisine, Kids, 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: +64 3-319 6454
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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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