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SOMETHING SPECIAL TO EAT AND DRINK
Found between the sea and SH1, Nin's Bin, an iconic blue-and-white caravan, is as much a part of the coastal road as its ocean backdrop. The place has been serving up fresh crayfish along the coast since 1977 — even the earthquake couldn't knock it. Though, after 13 months of inaccessibility, the caravan had a fresh coat of paint to celebrate the highway reopening. The no-frills seafood joint, started by Ron Clark, has been handed down through several generations of crayfishers and is now in the hands of grandson Johnny Clark. The Clarks are proud to say that not much (apart from paint) has since changed. Much like its pared-back exterior, the Nin's Bin menu proves that simple is sometimes best. Fresh crayfish and mussels are sold first-come, first-served, and can be bulked up with a large scoop of chips. Whitebait, pāua and scallops pad out the blackboard offerings depending on weather or if the Clarks manage to catch them. 20km north of Kaikōura, SH1. (03) 319 6454, on Facebook.