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Huka Falls, an incredible force of nature and New Zealand's most visited natural attraction. Here you'll witness 220,000 litres per second of crystal clear water crash into a turbulent pool 11 metres below – a spectacular visual feast.

Close by at Huka Honey Hive a sensory experience of a different kind awaits - all based around BEES and the liquid gold they produce - honey.


The Huka Honey Hive Philosophy


Our Why:

    We believe in saving the planet; one bee at a time.


      Our What:

        We support groups that improve the welfare of bees; Greening Taupo and Project Crimson.
          We aim to be champions of sustainable business practice.
            We encourage our community and visitors to adopt practices that support the health of bees.


              Our How:

              We achieve this by selling beautiful honey and honey-based products.


              Huka Honey Hive is an institution in the Taupo region having operated from its current site in the Wairakei Park for the past 22 years.  Huka Honey Hive boasts New Zealand's largest showcase of honey products and is OPEN 7 days from 9 am - 5 pm in summer and from 10am - 5 pm in winter. ENTRY IS FREE.

              Viewing bees in glass hives, tasting delicious honeys and indulging in gourmet honey ice cream is just the start.

              Our free tastings are just one of the reasons our customers are drawn to Huka Honey Hive.  At the tasting area we offer a range of pure New Zealand honeys and mead (honey wine) for you to sample, while in the skincare area there are lots of divine products to try.

              We have live bees, bee information and DVD's  that will capture your interest.

              Whether you spend a little while or a long time with us we hope you'll go away "buzzing". We'd love to see you in-store and show you what others are buzzing about.

              If you can't visit we hope you'll enjoy browsing our online store. We're sure our 100% pure New Zealand honeys, Manuka honey skin care products, honey wine, natural wellness products and many unique gift ideas will tempt you.

               


              Our Story



              Dawn's Story

              Dawn and Blair established Huka Honey Hive in the late 80s. Her husband was a beekeeper and she has lived and breathed honey for years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the business. Today her focus is on creating the beautiful gardens that sustain and nurture the bees at Huka Honey Hive.

              "My first memory was standing on grandmother's veranda, looking out over an orchard to the apiary beyond. It was beautiful. I was scared of bees, and to this day I still am!

              Back then honey was stored in recycled kerosene tins, not packaged as it is now. We could buy half a kerosene can of honey for $30. You could take the lid off and the first thing you would notice was the strong honey smell. There was a frothy layer with bits of bees and wings floating on top"

              Blair's Story

              Blair found himself in the honey business, knowing only a little about retail after he and Dawn purchased the well-known Country Hall of Fame in the 80s. It has taken years of hard grind to transform the barren wasteland into the stunning site with its beautiful gardens that support and nurture the Huka Honey Hive bees.

              "My first memory is of honey stored in a full or half size ‘kerosene’ tin. My Grandparents had a big tin in their basement and they would prize the lid off with a screwdriver and we would dip our fingers in and help ourselves. It was all about the smell and texture, especially rewarewa or manuka.

              I remember going to Honey Village as a child. We were one of the first people to stay in the Oasis motel maybe 54 years ago.  We’d always get our honey from the “honey place” when we passed through Taupo in our Falcon Station wagon!