Get Your Seafood Fix In Kaikōura
If there’s one place in Canterbury where you should indulge in seafood, Kaikōura is it. With the Pacific Ocean lapping at the town’s doorstep, fishing and celebrating seafood is ingrained in the way of life here. While a trip to Kaikōura wouldn’t be complete without a taste of it’s namesake delicacy, there’s plenty of ocean bounty to enjoy here.
At Karaka Lobster you’ll get to taste crayfish the way it’s done best – freshly caught each morning, served with homegrown lemons, garlic bread and your choice of crisp salad or fries. Karaka Lobster also sells whole crays that can be taken away to cook at home, or enjoy your feast in the beautiful Okiwi Bay.
This caravan sits right beside State Highway 1 – an iconic spot for satisfying your crayfish cravings. A third generation family-run business, Nin’s Bin continues to catch and cook crays much in the same way it did in the early days – the boat is launched right up front, the crays cooked across the road and served with fresh lemon and garlic butter. Sit ocean-side and watch the seals play as you dig your teeth into the freshest local fare.
The Top Shop
One of Kaikōura’s longest running fish n’ chip shops, The Top Shop is the local take-out joint. The owner (known lovingly as Crazyjane) ran the hairdresser next door for some twenty-two years and took over the fish n’ chip side of things four years ago. The shop is tucked within the triangle where Beach Road veers off State Highway 1 – keep an eye out for blue picnic tables and you can’t miss it. The Top Shop is known for great burgers as well as your classic chip shop items.
Kaikōura Seafood BBQ
The Kaikōura Seafood BBQ has its permanent park-up spot en route to the Kaikōura Peninsula Seal Colony. One of the more affordable spots to appreciate the kaimoana offerings of this coastal town, go for the seafood platter and get to sample fish, scallops, mussels, whitebait, salmon and last but not least, crayfish.
The Pier Hotel
Known amongst locals as the restaurant with the best views in town, The Pier Hotel will definitely not disappoint for its vistas as well as its seafood offerings. The go-to here is the Crayfish Chowder, made with fresh local crayfish and served with homemade bread – simple, yet oh-so-delicious.
The premium fish n’ chip shop in town, Coopers Catch prides itself on fresh fish always cooked to order. The offerings here include full meals that can be enjoyed right up front and of course your classic take-out options that can be enjoyed at home or around the corner at the beach. Try blue cod for your fish and you won’t know what hit you!