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.
We often get asked what the connection is between Karaka and our crayfish. Karaka, is named after the native Karaka tree with its distinctive red berries. Karaka trees are plentiful in Okiwi Bay, and were introduced by early Maori. They were often used to mark a place of significance. This area is rich in history, and still to this day, the people residing here are what make it so special.
Karaka Lobster Today
We are a New Zealand family business located on State Highway 1, 30 minutes north of Kaikoura, along the East Coast of the South Island. For over a century, we have provided locals and visitors with the freshest crayfish in New Zealand. Our family started cray fishing off the coast of Kaikoura in 1980, and since then, we have been dedicated to bringing these delicacies directly from the sea to people’s plates. From a small shop at the local campground to our current store, Karaka Lobster, our reputation for the freshest crays remains unchanged. Ash Reader and Liese Belgrave now lead Karaka Lobster as the second generation on the coast.