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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” (24 reviews)
“hot chips” (5 reviews)
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Seafood, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 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 12 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 30 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

2  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

Thank lwluen
Reviewed 7 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
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I have died and gone to cray heaven. Fresh cooked and warm with garlic butter. Fresh bread and cut lemon. Wonderful!!!!

1  Thank Linda S
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Not very place on the way to Kaikoura. A good spot to eat (expensive) lobster or mussels. We wanted to try the whitebaid so ordered these. This turned out to be a whitebaid omelet. Maybe this is always the way to eat them but we...More

Thank IvoDeRooij
Reviewed 30 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
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Jason N
14 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

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 28 - USD 140
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
Kids, Child-friendly, 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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