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About our Lobster

In Maori, "Kai" means 'food', and "Koura" means 'cray' or 'lobster', so its no wonder what the Kaikoura coast is famous for!!

Here, we are home to one of New Zealand's most precious gifts, the Spiny Rock Lobster, or as the locals know it- Crayfish. 

Since the beginning of the 20th century, our family has been providing Kaikoura with the freshest crayfish in the country. 

For as long as we can remember, fishing has been our livelihood, so we make sure to care for it sustainably so our future generations may continue the dream.  

Boasting fresh seafood like no other, our welcoming little cafe resides by the crystal waters of Okiwi Bay, just 35km north of Kaikoura.

At Karaka lobster we are all about simplicity and authenticity, and know there is nothing better that the untouched,

unique flavour of fresh crayfish caught right from our ocean back yard. 

At Karaka Lobster, we know how important it is to maintain the simplicity and authenticity of nature's finest foods.

All our crayfish are served alongside a fresh bed of salad,

homegrown lemon and a hot steamy garlic bread- the perfect compliment to one of the New Zealand's most devine seafoods.

Our fishermen work hard to catch the crayfish fresh each day, and cook them to perfection so they are ready to eat as soon as you arrive!

Alternatively, we are happy to wrap it up in a takeaway package for the road. 

We love to put our customers in control of their purchase, so encourage you to personally hand pick the biggest, brightest crayfish you can find in the cafe!

Happy choosing and chomping! 

Karaka Lobster

Drop in to Karaka Lobster Cafe on your East coast travels and treat yourself to the best crayfish in New Zealand.

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Karaka Lobster