New Zealand is topping off many holiday and travel makers lists for a number of reasons. Fantasy like Middle-Earth scenery, from snow-capped peaks, to rushing rivers, crystal clear lakes and ancient forests, the scenery of New Zealand is unlike anywhere else in the world.
But there is something else that has people flocking from around the world and New Zealanders travelling their country top to bottom, the food. New Zealand has some of the best produce in the world, so the standard of food is very high, with a range of dining in each major city, from quality casual pub meals to 5-star restaurants. New Zealand has around 15,000 kilometres of coastline, so naturally, seafood is at the top of every restaurant’s menu, with world-famous fish and chips, crayfish and muscles. New Zealand also goes to great lengths to farm and fish. Crayfish is a favourite among locals at Kaikoura, with Nins Bin, a local landmark, offering the freshest crayfish. Sometimes the best food doesn’t come in a fancy 5-star restaurant.
Nins Bin is a small food truck on the South Island north of Kaikoura and south of Waipapa Bay, with the Tasman Sea right on its doorstep. It is a 20-minute detour from the already fantastic seafood restaurants of Kaikoura, but it is certainly worth it. Operating since the 1970s it has been owned by the same family and serves the freshest crayfish possible. While not cheap, you certainly get what you pay for. With a unique atmosphere of park benches right on the water, it is unlike anywhere you’ve ever eaten. It is certainly worth a detour if you’re on the east coast of the South Island.