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Nin's Bin

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Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6454
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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
Newcastle, Australia
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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 lost on me though - give me a kilo of tiger prawns any day -... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.

Thank IreneOoi91
Ferndown, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 who is friendly and helpful. If you fancy something to eat or take away for... More 

Thank chrisadams2016
Penang Island, Malaysia
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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 space with a kitchen and a friendly cook. If you walk in and the cook... More 

Thank lwluen
Incline Village, Nevada, Usa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 had mine cold they were $80.00 for crayfish good for one person - if they... More 

Thank Tracy S
Tamborine Mountain, Australia
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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!!!!

Thank Linda S
Lelystad, Flevoland, Netherlands
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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 didn't expect to get a omelet on two slices of bread. We also had mussels.... More 

Thank IvoDeRooij
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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 that expectation you will not be disappointed. Yes the staff are relaxed, but they know... More 

Thank Ailsa W
Ashburton, New Zealand
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270 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 hot bowl of mussels with lemon was delivered to the door. Top Marks for brilliant... More 

Thank Marg22

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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 28 - USD 141
Seafood, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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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
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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