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Buzzstop offer a one-stop shop for all things bees and honey. Taste a fantastic selection of kiwi honey; including local raw honey, and have a go at spinning and bottling or making your own beeswax candle and wraps.
Bee Keeping 101!
Based in Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island, Buzzstop offers a wide variety of fun, educational and hands-on activities for all ages, everyday. Visitors will leave with a better understanding of bees, and how to assist bees in their own backyards.
Discover how bees convert nectar from flowers into delicious natural honey, learn the difference between a drone, a worker and a queen bee. Join the daily ‘Honey Tasting’ to uncover the back story behind the land, plants, geography and bee-keepers behind each honey.
Get up close and personal with these industrious creatures in the large see-through observation hive. Have a go at spinning and bottling your own honey to take home with you, or climb into your own bee suit and experience Being-a-Beekeeper. You can also have a go at making your own beeswax candles, honey soap and beeswax wraps.
The retail area has a wide range of New Zealand manuka honey and honey-related products including skincare, beeswax candles, sweet treats, beekeeping equipment, gift ware and delicious local honeys.
The new Spin-Your-Own-Honey experience involves three stages which combined will take just over an hour. First, guests will talk through the honey comb itself. In summer this will be fresh from the hive, and for other times of the year the team store honey comb ready to use. Next guests will extract the honey using a manual extractor before its final filter and bottling. At the end, guests will finish with a personalised bottle off their own honey.
New Zealand has six types of honey from its famous Manuka to Kamahi and wildflower honeys each of which have their distinctive tastes. As part of an adventure we’d also recommend adding a honey tasting session, which is similar to a wine tasting experience, but with honey – Our expert Paul Carberry