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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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a great treat for the kids

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Judy J
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Nyree13
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 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great little place to visit...kids loved tasting the honey, seeing the bees in action and dressing up in bee costumes. Great for a rainy day.

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Thank Julie J
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This place is a combination of Interesting Attraction, and also an Education Centre. Interesting attractions how people can see different products of honeys coming from different tree sources by bees activities, but also an Educational Centre how these honey are processed and created by bees, with plenty of honeys' themed products. A good place to bring children to enrich them... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Fun place to visit with the kids. Also very suitable for adults with a little discovery section. There is also some opportunity to taste various kinds of honey before buying some for yourself to take home. The shop is well stocked with honey and all sorts of other products. Staff are very friendly and well informed and trained. Best of... More 

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