One of the South Island’s best kept secrets is Nin’s Bin. It has been a favourite stop for Kiwis heading up the coast from Christchurch to Kaikoura for many generations. The menu is simple: crayfish and mussels. Pair the freshness (picked straight from the sea) with reasonable prices and unbelievable views (teal green ocean meets snow-capped mountains) – and you’ll want to stop for more than lunch. You’ll want to stop forever.
Established in the mid-1970’s, Nin’s Bin is only 20 minutes north of Kaikoura (the Maori term for ‘eat crayfish or lobster’). ‘Kai’ means eat and ‘koura’ means crayfish. The drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura and continuing on to the site of Nin’s Bin has been described as one of the most breathtaking drives in the world.
Where: On the side of State Highway 1, 20 minutes north of Kaikoura. Open from 8am-6pm (Summer) and 8:30-5:30 (Winter). Eftpos and VISA are accepted.