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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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“lobster” (25 reviews)
“hot chips” (5 reviews)
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Seafood, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

By far the freshest most perfectly cooked crayfish we have ever eaten. We also had a bowl of mussels that were equally delicious. Yes it's a caravan on the side of the road, where they just serve crayfish and mussels. So if you go with...More

1  Thank Ailsa W
Reviewed 24 October 2016

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...More

Thank Marg22
Reviewed 14 October 2016

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...More

Thank UnderBigHill
Reviewed 29 September 2016

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...More

Thank Colin N
Reviewed 31 August 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...More

Thank Spit56
Reviewed 20 August 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...More

1  Thank fagnut420
Reviewed 20 July 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...

3  Thank Lexi0311
Reviewed 16 July 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...More

3  Thank Melissa F
Reviewed 10 July 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...More

5  Thank 1NewZealand1
Reviewed 27 June 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...More

Thank Stephen J
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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
US$29 - US$144
Seafood, New Zealand
Brunch, Breakfast
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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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: +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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