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Nin's Bin


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2017 Winner

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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!
USD 28 - USD 138
Seafood, New Zealand
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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Reviewed 3 days ago

We had been to Nin’s Bin many years ago and enjoyed the experience so took family on arrival in Kaikoura. The male serving was swearing and complaining about a tourist parked nearby. The lobster was ridiculously overpriced considering there is only a wood bench and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank MissDebra
Reviewed 1 week ago

As you drive south and enter the Kaikoura area, just passed the enormous seal preserve by the highway, is the roadside gem of crayfish delight, Nins Bin. To say the experience was spare would be an overstatement; but the small blue van was a welcome...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Outspokentraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nins was amazing and well worth the slight 20 km drive out of Kaikoura. The menu is short and sweet: crayfish (rock lobster), mussels, fish, chips. You choose your own crayfish out of a cooler- priced by weight. Freshly caught the night before. You can...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank cstone312
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here for a crayfish on the way to Kaikoura. We wanted to take it away and have lunch in town. The woman was very helpful and the crayfish nice but for us it was a very expensive treat and we had to also...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank watkini
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous crayfish, right on beach, tables and chairs dotted around, lots of good chat from our Nin, popular place and rightly so.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Joanna C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was recommended so we made deliberate stop queued for 15 minutes whilst getting bitten by sandflies in the converted caravan. One crayfish and one dish of McCains frozen chips. $126 !!! Just enough for one person! If you wanted it warmed up with garlic...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank James7001
Reviewed 16 February 2019

Nin's Bin is a shack on the side of the State Highway 1 - be careful or you might miss it! It's a great stop to sample fresh-caught crayfish (similar to lobster) and some of the best fish n' chips you'll ever have. While you...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank adriennesuhm
Reviewed 15 February 2019 via mobile

Don't go here. Been going every year prior to earthquakes to enjoy our countries crayfish. Male told me when I entered that I looked pissed which I found offensive. Crays 80 bucks for very small one.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 294schnappy
Reviewed 14 February 2019

Nin's Bin was our only restaurant destination on the South Island. And it was worth it. After selecting your crayfish there's only one decision: garlic butter or no garlic butter. Okay, maybe you want chips too. But then it's find a bench and savor.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MoabMe
Reviewed 12 February 2019 via mobile

Fabulous lunch stop along the Coastal drive ... crayfish, mussels , fish and chips ... relax and enjoy ! Highly recommended.

Date of visit: February 2019
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20 September 2018|
Response from LenJ41 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recommend this place. Rude staff & ridiculously overpriced. There are so many better and way cheaper restos in kaikoura Town centre.
8 July 2017|
Response from guswillinger |
Highway is being reopened since a couple of days. There is still a lot of waiting time as work is still going on. Restaurant is opened.
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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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