The Craypot is a quirky little caravan style cafe / restaurant situated on the esplanade at Jacksons Bay, Haast, South Westland, New Zealand.
Built in Timaru to be used as a pie cart, the structure has a colorful history. It was moved to Cromwell during constuction of the Clyde Dam, on completion of the dam project the cart ended up in Cromwell as the Cromwell pie cart. 17 years ago a local Haastafarian purchased the cart and towed it all the way, over the Haast Pass, behind a little tractor and set it up at it's current location overlooking the bay, opening it as The Craypot (still affectionately known locally as "The Pie Cart")
Looking for an office with a view, Dayna and Nicole Buchanan purchased The Craypot off Meg Ede in 2018 . Over the years The Craypot featured on several documentaries such as "New Zealand From Above" and "The Coasters", a number of articles have also been written about this must do experience.
The menu consists of Kiwiana dishes and The Craypot is famous for (needless to say) crayfish, fish and chips, whitebait, seafood chowder, burgers and much more. Service times vary seasonally, during the summer months from September until Christmas the restaurant is open for lunch only extending hours between Christmas and Easter to serve both lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
All dishes are prepared fresh to order, groups of 10 and more should ideally make their reservation at least 48 hours prior to arrival to avoid excessive delays and inconvenience.
Jackson Bay is sandfly territory so make sure to bring ample repellent, but don't worry if you have none we stock in bulk for your use. There are a couple of good bush walks close by, the walks vary from an easy hour return to much longer advanced options. At times you may also encounter rare Fiordland Crested Penguins and dolphins in the bay or the odd deer sauntering down the road.