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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!
US$25 - US$127
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Seafood, New Zealand
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We planned a trip to Kaikōura especially for the crayfish and this place did not disappoint :-) We went to three different places and this was 1st equal with one other - Karaka Lobster, with both being just outside of Kaikōura. Perfectly cooked, beautifully tasting...and there's plenty of meat in the body - Unlike the ones we order online that don't have much meat in the body. Definitely recommend!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nins Bin is worth spending some $$$ for best crays and fish at Kaikoura. Yep, we had a second round of crays!! On a nice day or even when youre staying at Hanmer Springs is worth the drive.

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 17 February 2022

The kind of experience that actually makes your day better. Super friendly and totally cool woman who cooked and served us. Food was excellent quality perfectly cooked and delicious. Good value for money and as beautiful as a setting can be. Will highly recommend Nins...to anyone driving this coast.More

Date of visit: February 2022
Reviewed 16 January 2022

We purchased two lobsters, so fresh and he was very good in providing us a discount when asked. There were a few selections of sizes, depending on how much you are willing to spend

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 2 January 2022 via mobile

I had a small crayfish for $71. My friend had the fish and chips for $20. This seemed to be reasonable value when you compare them to prices in kaikoura township. Not sure if it was worth the 20km drive but it was a nice...day.More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 13 December 2021 via mobile

Rude staff, totally unprepared to serve customers. Swearing a lot, complaining about customers that were eating crayfish outside (said it was not where it was supposed to eat), when asked for warming up said that they do not heat the crayfish and we could heat...in our house. Also didn't have garlic butter. 60 dollars for a small crayfish. Tourist trap!More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 16 September 2021 via mobile

Love this place, always make sure we go back every time we’re in New Zealand. Lovely owner, fresh produce, unbelievable outlook. Such a special little venue along one of the most spectacular roads in the world.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 24 July 2021 via mobile

How perfect is a well cooked cray on the beach, with a very entertaining host, in autumn when a few seals decide to drop in? I am from a crayfishing family and absolutely loved it. Well worth the 3, or 4, hour detour between Hanmer...and Akaroa!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 10 July 2021 via mobile

Been thinking of this place for about a decade, finally got there. What a perfect little spot positioned on the edge of paradise. Few seals laying about, great service and the muscles were Devine.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 26 April 2021

It is what it is - a van on the main road - one man cooking mussels and crays - seagulls, sea views, road noise, excellent food. Worth the visit to this icon - order your meal and get your hands messy and sticky -...keep an eye on the gulls - use a tap attached to the van to wash the juices off. Strike up conversations with others making the same appreciative noises and getting messy as well. What's not to like?More

Date of visit: April 2021
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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 279colinn | 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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Yes, Nin's Bin offers takeaway services.

Nin's Bin is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5