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Nin's Bin

$$ - $$$Seafood,
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6454
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“mussels” (36 reviews)
“catfish” (139 reviews)
“hot chips” (5 reviews)
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Seafood, New Zealand
$$ - $$$
Sate Highway 1 | Rakautara, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 May 2018

We happened to stumble across Nin's Bin, and were very pleased we did. It's not cheap, but the food is amazing - the crayfish was so fresh and delicious and well worth it. We absolutely loved our lunch stop here, overlooking the sea!

1  Thank RDLO1
Reviewed 4 April 2018

This is a little food van hidden amongst the road works along Highway 1 just north of Kaikoura - blink and you'll miss it! The menu was limited to crayfish and chips on the day that we stopped - but the crayfish was amazing. It...More

1  Thank SuzieLee71
Reviewed 19 February 2018

We had heard about Nin's all the way over in South Africa, so thought we MUST try it - very glad we did! Can I just say - the seafood was GREAT (esp. the Mussels) but the CHIPS were freakin' AMAZING!!!!

Thank LodgeTrackers
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Wow this place is awesome, the food is honest and simple and the guy cooking it was a real character, wish there were more people like him, the world would be a better place for it. Take it for what it is and enjoy the...More

Thank Charlotte P
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

Popped in while on a coastal drive. Great view and fresh seafood.Did find the crayfish rather expensive starting at 68NZD but not sure what the going rate is .

Thank SRKLondon
Reviewed 23 January 2018

We were very pleased to see that this icon had re-opened and everything was “normal”. If you can say that construction site cabins and a queue of construction workers lined up for chips at lunchtime is normal. But, leaving that apart the personable, friendly and...More

2  Thank Michael W
Reviewed 1 January 2018

We had crayfish and battered fish. The crayfish was really fresh and cooked perfectly, the flesh was tender and NOT over cooked or rubbery. We had a wonderful meal. The battered fish was also very tasty, the fish was again done right, NOT over cooked....More

2  Thank Andy S
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We heared about it and when saw it on the side of the road made a stop even if it was 10h45!!!! We tried the clay fish as well as fish and ships, every thing very fresh and quite cheap. All persons are very friendly....More

1  Thank hamelinp1972
Reviewed 23 December 2017

We stopped at Nin's Bin on the Kaikoura coast two days after the coast road re-opened. We had enjoyed Kaikoura crayfish on our honeymoon fifty years ago so were keen to relive the memory. We chose a "likely" candidate, had it prepared and ate it...More

Thank GrannyG45
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
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Questions & Answers
Di R
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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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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  • Value
Average prices
US$27 - US$135
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, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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
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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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