Huka Honey Hive

Huka Honey Hive located in the Wairakei Tourist Park is New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey products.

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Pohutukawa Honey on display at Huka Honey Hive

Huka Honey Hive is located 65 Karetoto Road (off Huka Falls Road and SH1). It is open daily from 9am to 5pm in the summer and 10am to 5pm in the winter.

On the left side of the store is an educational area with live bees in glass hives and a variety of displays on bees and the honey making process.

Glass hives

Glass hives

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Antique beeswax press

A large part of the space is taken up with very well presented displays of the various honey and bee related products they sell.

Undoubtedly the most popular attraction at the Honey Hive is the free tastings of honey, and mead wine and liqueurs. There is a limit to tastings but there is no pressure by staff to buy.

There is also an onsite lounge that serves honey flavoured ice cream and hot and cold beverages. I had a Lemon Drone for $7, which is a spider (Charlie’s Honest Fizz Lemonade poured over Kapiti Pohutukawa Honey Ice Cream). Single scoop ice cream is $4, double scoop $8, and ice cream sundaes are $7.50.

Free honey tasting

Free honey tasting

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Candles

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Buzzy bee toys

Bee soft toy display

Bee soft toy display

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