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Nin's Bin

) #15 of 36 Restaurants in Kaikoura $$ - $$$ Seafood, , Gluten Free Options
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6454
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 23 February 2016

You can tell from the photos that this place is, obviously, adorable/beautiful/cute/cool. However, we chose the smallest crayfish they had, and it was $65 NZD with garlic butter. That's around $45 USD for just the lobster with garlic and butter on it- no drink- no...More

2  Thank ElvenEyes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Decided to stop for crayfish, warm with garlic butter. Was caught yesterday fresh and juicy. Got chips for the kids too. Was pricey but worth it. Got to pick your cray and price ranges from about $64 to $80

1  Thank Bonza192
Reviewed 17 February 2016

A New Zealand crayfish looks like an oddly shaped lobster with small claws. At Nin's Bin you choose your crayfish by the price written on the shell. It is brought to you at your place at a picnic table by the side of the road...More

1  Thank Foodielynn46
Reviewed 13 February 2016

Always wanted to stop here and finally got the chance, Crayfish with those views are amazing, sadly no other options on the menu as they had run out (a friday morning) Would highly recommend this on a nice sunny day as you can have a...More

Thank Rob P
Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

On our way down the coast from Picton You must stop here !!! Get all your money out and enjoy the delicious taste of Warmed Crayfish with garlic butter Sit outside whilst eating your spoils and watch the Seals frolicking in the ocean PERFECTION !!...More

Thank Wendie F
Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Wonderful location right on the beach. Lobsters have numbers on their tails so pick a size to suit. Eat cold or with garlic butter - this place is an NZ must do.

Thank Gill W
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Just a most amazing place to stop and chew on a local crayfish. The wild sea, snow capped mountains behind and marauding seals make this a surreal spots for a crayfish feast. Not your average gourmet lunch or garlic sauce, but not so pricey either....More

Thank Constant T
Reviewed 1 February 2016 via mobile

Nin's bin is pretty much a must do when in Kaikoura. The setting is perfect overlooking the ocean. Personally I do think you can get cheaper better tasting cray elsewhere but this was good. The lady that was serving us was rude and wasn't wearing...More

Thank BoofieDuckie
Reviewed 27 January 2016

The title says it all. They are well-priced, ready to eat and very fresh tasting and they were cooked perfectly. We were told excatly what to do if we wanted to eat them warm, given extra lemons, and some other advice on what to see...More

Thank VagabondLane
Reviewed 27 January 2016 via mobile

Caravan right next to the sea selling crayfish and other seafoods. I had the smallest cray she had which was $48 so don't expect a cheap meal but it's fresh and delicious and perfect.

Thank tinytawnykitten
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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$146
Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Kids
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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