In Maori, the word ‘Kai’ means food and ‘Koura’ means crayfish – so it’s not hard to guess what Kaikoura is famous for!
Feast on fresh crayfish from one of the many ‘Seafood Caravans’ that dot the highways surrounding Kaikoura. Selling crayfish and that day’s seafood catch – you can’t get fresher than that. Sitting on the beach devouring crayfish cooked with garlic and butter and looking out to the Pacific Ocean is a special kind of kiwi bliss.
The most famous is Nin’s Bin, run by a local family who have been selling crayfish here since 1977. Located 20 minutes North of Kaikoura township Nin’s Bin is a favourite with the locals. The menu is simple - crayfish and mussels. Pair the freshness (picked straight from the sea) with reasonable prices and unbelievable views - you'll want to stop for more than lunch.
Open from 8:00am -6:00pm (summer) and 8:30am-5:30pm (winter).
But Kaikoura’s delicious crayfish is not the only reason why you need to make a stop here.
Kaikoura township is nestled snugly between the mountains and the sea, and its unique location means that it attracts all types of marine life. A 5 minute drive from Nin's Bin you can find baby seal pups is at the Ohau Stream. Just follow SH1 north and look out for the signpost indicating the Ohau Stream and Waterfall Walkway(opens in new window).
Combining delicious crayfish, unique creatures and a stunning location, Kaikoura is the ultimate natural playground.