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Nin's Bin

Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6454
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Overview
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“lobster” (24 reviews)
“hot chips” (5 reviews)
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Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 194 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had crayfish and battered fish. The crayfish was really fresh and cooked perfectly, the flesh was tender and NOT over cooked or rubbery. We had a wonderful meal. The battered fish was also very tasty, the fish was again done right, NOT over cooked....More

1  Thank Andy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We heared about it and when saw it on the side of the road made a stop even if it was 10h45!!!! We tried the clay fish as well as fish and ships, every thing very fresh and quite cheap. All persons are very friendly....More

Thank hamelinp1972
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped at Nin's Bin on the Kaikoura coast two days after the coast road re-opened. We had enjoyed Kaikoura crayfish on our honeymoon fifty years ago so were keen to relive the memory. We chose a "likely" candidate, had it prepared and ate it...More

Thank GrannyG45
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Whilst in Blenheim for 3 months, we discovered this quaint 'Nins Bin' along the east coast of South Island- approx 25kms before you get to Kaikoura, NZ.. We were on our way to check out Kaikoura, we never made it that far, just stopped in...More

Thank Greg T
Reviewed 22 February 2017

What a location. What great food. What an experience. You simply must visit Nin's Bin and try one of their delish crayfish if you're traveling down the east coast of New Zealand's south island. Don't miss out!

Thank Simon F
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

After passing Nin's Bin I thought the only right thing to do would be to try a local cray. The lobster was nicely cooked and tasted pretty good. Also a Nice, informal location to sit at the picnic table overlooking the water. It's a bit...More

2  Thank Andyjam2110
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

The crayfish is so fresh! Although it is a little pricey, but it is really good. My boyfriend and I shared one crayfish and it is enough if you take a moderate size.

1  Thank IreneOoi91
Reviewed 29 November 2016

If travelling from Kaikoura, Nin's Bin is just a few miles on the right. You can have a whitebait sandwich (not like UK whitebait ... more like tiny white eels) or buy cooked lobster to take away. It is served by a delightful young lady...More

3  Thank chrisadams2016
Reviewed 23 November 2016

We all know Kaikoura is famous for its crayfish, but the locals recommended this place particularly. You can see it on the way to Ohau Seal Lookout Point, it's right beside the road with a large sign. It's no fancy restaurant, just a campervan like...More

1  Thank lwluen
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We read the reviews- so of course had to stop - upon arrival out of Mussels and Chips so option was crayfish or whitebait sandwich (more like a whitebait omelet on bread) whitebait tasted more like egg than whitebait - crayfish was fresh - I...More

Thank Tracy S
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Jason N
13 March 2017|
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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
US$29 - US$146
Cuisine
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
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Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, View
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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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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