Cray, it's in our DNA
You will find us on State Highway 1, 30 minutes north of Kaikoura, nestled along the East Coast of the South Island. Since the start of the 20th century, our family have been providing Kaikoura locals and visitors with the freshest crayfish in New Zealand. Two generations and 40 years have passed since 1980 when our family started cray fishing off the coast of Kaikoura. Knowing these delicacies coming out of our waters were only destined for the overseas market, we wanted to ensure that New Zealanders had the opportunity to purchase the crayfish directly from the sea to their plate. From humble beginnings as a small shop at the local campground, to a caravan on the side of the road, to our current store Karaka Lobster – one thing has remained the same, our reputation for the freshest crays on the coast. Ash Reader and Liese Belgrave are now at the helm of Karaka Lobster, the second generation on the coast.
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You HAVE to come here and try this place out!!! Beautiful place to relax and eat a cray which was nicely made. Did not disappoint. There’s a beautiful view there’s also lots of parking and toilet facilities which were well presented and clean, the staff are great. Special thanks to the Cafe for giving us a cray on the house for our trip back to the North Island, we appreciate it so much, such a wonderful surprise for me and my family. You made our day!
A true South experience. We sat inside today, cold wind, admiring the view and enjoying half a crayfish each with chips and salad. Matched with a cup of tea. Mmmmm … a must do stop. The service was friendly and efficient. Thank you!
Great place. Great food – do try the whitebait lunch! Friendly, helpful staff. Excellent toilets. Stunning view of the ocean. We always stop there.
Loved our visit to Karaka Lobster cafe. Fabulous views, whitebait pattie and crayfish. Good coffee. Perfection! Thankyou!
It isn’t just giant sperm whales that are drawn to feast in Kaikōura’s bountiful waters. The tiny coastal town on the South Island’s east coast lures two-legged seafood lovers too. What’s on the menu? The clue is in its name: Kaikōura means ‘eat crayfish’ in Maori.
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This crayfish spot used to work out of a small caravan just around the corner, and opened the doors to its modern café in late 2019. With a car parking area and views of the ocean right up front, it’s easy to see why passers by are enticed to stop.
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