On the blog...

  • Welcome to the Autumn blog
    Welcome back to the Huka Honey Hive blog not only to all of you but also for me. I have recently been in Bangladesh working with Leprosy affected people who are running not only their own businesses but complete organisations. Read more...
    Posted: Tuesday 4 April 2017
  • Late Summer at Huka Honey Hive
    We are focusing on service, staff and products this month
    Posted: Monday 6 March 2017
  • The best 2017 to you all!
    Soon the summer heat will be everywhere (at last!) We are well into 2017 and you should see how our organic vegetable garden has flourished over the holiday period. It is blooming fantastic!
    Posted: Wednesday 1 February 2017
  • From small new beginnings come great outcomes!
    We do hope your Christmas and New Year were great times. Above is a sneaky view of our bit of paradise for a break from work. How exciting to have a new year ahead of us. I have been thinking lots about all the opportunities there are this year and what I need to give priority to. The challenge is knowing what is important as an individual and matching that with the impact on others. Set the goals, take small steps and watch it happen.
    Posted: Monday 2 January 2017
  • We have decided to be different this Christmas, and it feels good!
    Well, well, well, 3 holes in the ground, twelve days of Christmas, 2 days of 28 degrees, 4 days of freezing wind and three weeks until Christmas, plus cakes to make, dozens of mince pies and presents as well….sound like you…….we have decided to be different this year and it feels good and looks good too!
    Posted: Tuesday 29 November 2016
  • It's November, YAY!
    It is November, yay for the heat in the sun and of course plans are afoot for summer and Christmas.
    Posted: Wednesday 2 November 2016
  • The year is rushing away to its end
    Last weekend I woke up and realized the year is rushing away to its end. This motivated me to review all the jobs and ideas I have been putting off. At Huka Honey Hive we have also been reviewing what we offer to customers, by way of products, testers, information on bees and of course we realised we can do better.
    Posted: Tuesday 4 October 2016
  • Wow! Guess what?  It is finally Spring.....
    The blossoms on the cherry trees in the carpark are going for it.
    Dawn is also going for it, putting compost from our bins, sheep pellets and water into the garden beds where grow flowers for the bees’ food.
    The bees are going for it too
    Posted: Friday 9 September 2016
  • The big wet has hit, and we have a warm fire here at Huka Honey Hive
    The big wet has hit, here in Taupo today we are surrounding by huge puddles apart from Lake Taupo itself. Our customers seem to really enjoy the warm fire here at Huka Honey Hive and even though it’s wet and cold the honey ice creams are as popular as ever. We keep reminding everyone that there are 5 weeks until spring, yay!
    Posted: Wednesday 3 August 2016
  • Dawn's refections on founding Huka Honey Hive together with Blair Matheson
    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.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 July 2016
  • Where we have come from and where we're going: Blair's reflections.
    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.
    Posted: Tuesday 26 July 2016
  • Our involvement with Project Crimson
    Huka Honey Hive has been a supporter of Project Crimson for a number of years. We absolutely love the trees and of course the honey which comes from them. The honey has a faint suspicion of salt as an aftertaste, coming from seaside areas and it is said to be Her Majesty the Queen's most favourite honey.
    Posted: Friday 8 July 2016
  • Awesome Winter Weather
    Wow! At Huka Honey Hive we have been loving this awesome winter weather. I guess the icey nights are not a bad price to pay for stunning days. Huka Falls looked stunning this morning as we walked past in the frost. Our bees are taking a bit longer to warm up in the mornings and then get really busy for a few hours in the afternoon before the cold descends again.
    Posted: Thursday 7 July 2016
  • Welcome to Winter 2016
    Welcome again to our latest blog. We have had the very best autumn and now winter has arrived. Each morning we love lighting the fire (and of course the heat pumps go on) to warm the place up for our customers. The coffee machine is hot and we love chatting to visitors over a good coffee.
    Posted: Friday 10 June 2016
  • What a fantastic Summer we have had....
    It is hard to believe that we are into Autumn with the fantastic weather still with us. I can't believe the number of bees that are in our garden at the moment.
    Posted: Wednesday 6 April 2016
  • Read The Buzz Summer Edition 2015
    After bedding down over
    winter our bee-friendly
    garden is awake, rewarding
    bees with nectar and pollen. Click on the e-book below to read more...
    Our sunflowers are
    absolutely stunning this
    year and from the seedlings
    we’ve grown, we hope to
    keep these happy flowers
    blooming all summer long.
    Posted: Tuesday 15 December 2015
  • Read The Buzz Winter Edition
    Lavender Honey features in the winter edition of The Buzz. Click on the e-book below to read more...
    Posted: Tuesday 14 July 2015
  • Limited Edition Lavender Honey
    It’s said the unique fragrance of lavender honey is like eating the smell of flowers.
    Posted: Thursday 7 May 2015
  • Apicare Bee Balmes
    Apicare, one of our longest serving suppliers, has developed these fantastic new bee balmes. They are all beautifully boxed, have individual scents with purposeful ingredients, one of course been Manuka honey.
    Posted: Friday 19 December 2014
  • Our Manuka trees
    Some years ago we planted 100 or so different Manuka trees beside the carpark at the Hive and this summer they are just bursting into flower like never before...
    Posted: Friday 19 December 2014
  • Plants for bees garden
    Check out our new 'plants for bees garden' at the Hive. Dawn has been busy with her green fingers and the display is awesome...better that the garden is full of busy bees feeding on the flowers. Our sunflowers are still to come so we will keep you posted on these when they flower.
    Posted: Tuesday 9 December 2014