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Crayfish At The Cray Pot Jackson Bay

The Craypot Story

Owners Of The Craypot Jackson Bay Holding Crayfish In Nature

Two Sister Team

Dayna and Nicole were born and bred in Haast, South Westland and live and breathe the coast life in its most authentic form. Growing up, family gatherings feasting on food sourced from the backyard were always a tradition and primarily consisted of wild venison and seafood.

Their father, Keith, was a fisherman and he had his own cray boat. Their mother, Jennie is a passionate cook.

A love for Jackson Bay paired with a passion for food and bringing joy to others through these facets is what drove the girls to purchase The Craypot from its previous owner in 2018.

Since taking over, Dayna and Nicole have worked hard to preserve fifth-generation recipes whilst also evolving the menu offerings so that there are diverse and nutritious options as well as the classics. 

Over the years The Craypot has featured on several documentaries such as New Zealand from above, The Coasters and Fish of the day.

The Craypot has also featured in several magazines as a must do experience. Jackson Bay is renowned for its beautiful scenery and wildlife. 

The drive down has been mentioned as "Driving through Jurassic Park". It really is beautiful.

The rare Fiordland Crested Penguins visit us frequently, as do the Hector Dolphins, often putting on a show right outside your window. There are a couple of good bush walks close by, varying from 30-40 minute return, to much longer advanced options. 


And that's the journey so far...

We look forward to meeting you soon.  

Real West Coast Food. Sourced Locally Wherever Possible.

From Ocean to Plate

Wherever possible, The Craypot sources its seafood right on the back doorstep via local fishing boats. Although Crayfish are seasonal, they are caught just offshore and land right in the bay. Other than Crays, our seafood is caught in the Tasman Sea off the West Coast of the South Island and is delivered either fresh or snap-frozen from Greymouth. 

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Jackson Bay Wharf Sunset Tasman Sea Near The Cray Pot Cafe And Seaside Eatery
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