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Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

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Address: 66 Arataki Road, Havelock North 4157, New Zealand
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+64 6-877 7300
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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You will be amazed at what you will discover, when you visit Arataki Honey...

You will be amazed at what you will discover, when you visit Arataki Honey Visitor Centre. Here you will be able to explore the fascinating world of the humble honeybee in a modern & interactive environment. With many activities on offer including an extensive retail section, everybody young & old will truly have “A Sweet Experience”. Free Entry Free Honey Tasting Group bookings Open 7 days 9.00am – 5.00pmClosed Christmas DayClosed Good FridayClosed Easter Sunday

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Very informative tour

Nat was a brilliant guide. Staff at reception very friendly. Never realised these honey bees were so clever and hardworking - not the guy ones!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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Papamoa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nat was a brilliant guide. Staff at reception very friendly. Never realised these honey bees were so clever and hardworking - not the guy ones!

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Thank del_b
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Overlook the sterile, industrial exterior and go in! It's very informative, look thru microscopes, see what bees actually do inside their hives and search for the queens.... children are well catered for and even the accidental tourist will find something of interest. They sell Rush Monroe Icecream here, a draw card it seems as it's signed outside quite a few... More 

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Thank ibaas2016
Auckland, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Basically just a small shop with lots of honey products and some fun fact about bees and how honey is made. Has some small interactive things that the younger children enjoyed.

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Thank Holleylolliepop
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

a great look at how the bees live and to make honey, dress up in the costumes and even get to taste different types of honey. Some good creams to help with problem skin.

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Thank Judy J
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

There are some great gifts here, and if you have little ones they will love the bees on display. Lots to learn, and honeys to sample.

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Thank 99TravelinG99
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We certainly found plenty of honey with educational displays. I felt sorry for the bees in glass boxes as it looked squashed in there. I would recommend the short film. You should also bring your own honey containers so you can benefit from bulk prices.

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Thank MarmiteNZ
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review and its lovely that you are concerned about our girls in the glass fronted hives. Please let me put your mind at rest. These hives have doors for the bees to come and go at the back of each hive so they are not trapped in there and choose to... More 

LANCASHIRE
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Great place to educate oneself on the life of bees & making honey! All staff were friendly especially Liz who was most helpful & informative! Honey tasting was a special treat! And the Gift shop had plenty of choice for one's requirements. If you love honey or/are interested in the life of bees making honey, can recommend the Centre!

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Thank KERISONG
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this review

It seems that you really enjoyed your visit and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Liz is great and I'm glad she looked after you well while you were in the centre. We do love to share what we have here and think we have a pretty special little place, but its always great to hear... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

My partner took me here as he is from he hawkes bay. The items and gifts are a bit pricey but they have free honey tasting and things to entertain the kids. Could also see the inside of a working beehive and hunt down the queen which was cool

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Thank Natalie T
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Very generous with the tastings. Didnt realise there were so many flavour options available (we went for Rewarewa and Tawari since its not available in the supermarkets). The movie could do with an upgrade though - not very informative. I guess it should be advertised as being for children only.

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Thank 165gemmad
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank for taking the time to review our Visitor Centre. We are looking to upgrade the movie in the future but it is hard to get something that suits all age groups This movie contains some great footage of all three types of bees and some bee behaviour that you wouldn't necessarily see otherwise. Isn't it amazing how different the... More 

Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

When I lived in NZ as a child, we always had Arataki honey in the big plastic pots. It was pretty much the only honey available in the 1950's. If we were feeling well-off, it'd be the white pot of set clover honey; if we weren't that rich, we'd 'slum it' with the dark green pot, containing dark, strong Manuka... More 

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Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an in depth and lovely review on our Visitor Centre. I'm glad we were able to bring back memories from when you were a child here in New Zealand and haven't things changed with regard to Manuka honey! It sounds like you really enjoyed your visit which makes me... More 

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