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Arataki Honey Visitor Centre

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:00
Open today: 09:00 - 17:00
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Would recommend for day activity!

Had such a lovely trip here on a Sunday recently. So much to see and learn about and incredible to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sherpa749398
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Fascinating insight into bees and honey

We all have an idea of how beehives work. This lets you see right into hives (behind glass) and see... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dirk568
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Auckland, New Zealand
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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...more
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66 Arataki Road, Havelock North 4157, New Zealand
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 April 2013

Visited here whilst in Havlock North for a wedding.I loved the fact that you could sample all the different varieties of honey, at your leisure, & not feel under pressure . I actually did find the staff very helpful & knowledgeable.I travelled from Belfast &...More

1  Thank siobhanm520
Gayle H, General Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2013

Hi Siobhan, Thank you for your reveiew and for ordering more lovely honey from us. I trust you are still enjoying it and it is bringing back good memories of New Zealand for you.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 2 December 2014

An interesting experience. Holidaying in the area and being honey eaters this was on our list of attractions to visit. When we walked in the door the 2 people at the front desk ignored us, so we started exploring the extensive shop.The lady tidying the...More

3  Thank maggieandal
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2014

Firstly thank you very much for your honest review of the service you received (or in this case didn't receive) when you visited our Visitor Centre. I was greatly saddened to read your comments as we pride ourselves on looking after all our visitors and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Had such a lovely trip here on a Sunday recently. So much to see and learn about and incredible to have something purely dedicated to honey and bees. Such an interactive space with great products! Lovely girl named Grace helped me with some honey recommendations...More

Thank Sherpa749398
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us and i will be sure to pass on your comments to Grace. I hope you will visit us again in the future.

Reviewed 6 days ago

We all have an idea of how beehives work. This lets you see right into hives (behind glass) and see the bees doing what they do. If you have time you may well spot a queen; these are especially marked. There are explanations for everything...More

Thank Dirk568
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your well thought out and descriptive review. I really appreciate you sharing your experience with us and I hope you will visit us again.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to buy honey and souvineers staff are warm and helpful. Being able to taste each variety of honey is great.

Thank rosshC6308GD
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review. We look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely honey/gift shop, lots of gifts to choose from and large variety of honey to try and buy. Kids amusing activities and information, Particular "find a queen bee" is a hit. Facilities including bathrooms are always very clean and staff is pleasant and helpful. They...More

Thank TG201808
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The display was very good. They had all the honeys that they produce to sample and they show you which flower it comes from. There is also a short video on the honey bee as well as live working hives where you can observe the...More

Thank Dave486
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed our centre and hopefully we will see you again in future.

Reviewed 9 September 2018

Compared to last visit we were breif, half n hour as honey tasting was meant to be highlight but B moisturiser testers the theme this time however of no interest to the males. LOST its sense of family shopping atmosphere, try b4 you buy!More

Thank Pennie_Gizzy
Gayle H, General Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

I'm so sorry you were disappointed with the smaller size of tasting spoon. This is not to control the tasting sampling but rather to be environmentally conscious. As you may appreciate we go through thousands of sampling spoons a year and to use plastic was...More

Reviewed 17 August 2018

Our group passed by the Arataki Honey Center for half an hour. During this time a young lady from Arataki gave us a quick overview. We got to observe honeybees in the large glass observation hives. We saw a queen bee among the worker bees....More

Thank GreenThumb331
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

So glad you enjoyed your visit to us and thank you for taking the time to write your great review.

Reviewed 11 August 2018

What a contribution to the community this business has made in providing this free attraction and what an educational experience. You learn from very knowledgable staff, interactive activities and superb displays all about bees and the production of honey. I learned about the queens, the...More

Thank Des H
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

Thank you for such a delightful review. Its really wonderful that we were able to help you learn so much about our little workers here at Arataki Honey.

Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

Ha! Like a beehive, the good stuff is inside. Very pleased I took the kids there; we tasted the varieties of pure honey, studied the cut-away live hives, found the queens and watched the dancing bees, learned a lot - then bought some honey. How...More

Thank interislander2015
Reviewed 5 July 2018

This is a quaint little place to visit with several things to recommend it. The honey tasting with lots of varieties to sample is worth the visit alone. Honey makes for a good gift for friends and family back home and it's great to be...More

Thank Derek R
Gayle H, Manager at Arataki Honey Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2018

What a lovely review. Thank you for visiting and so glad that you enjoyed your time with us.

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