• WE ARE KIWI BEES

  • WE LOVE BEES

Kiwi Bees is a Hawke’s Bay based company that focuses on fostering and promoting sustainable beekeeping in New Zealand. We specialise in the annual rental of fully managed beehives with a vision to see improved local environments and ecosystems across New Zealand

Our Services

We offer a whole range of services across New Zealand

Host a Hive

The Host a Hive service is the annual rental of fully managed beehives to everyday New Zealanders with Backyards, Home Gardens and Lifestyle Blocks.

What we offer
  • Fully managed Hives
  • Fresh Local Honey
  • Training and Courses
  • Sustainable Bee-Keeping
  • Find out more

Pollination

With thousands of hives we offer farmers and orchardists annual pollination services with strong added benefits.

The Benefits
  • Competitively priced
  • Disease free pollination guarantee
  • Full compliment and services
  • Experienced pollination
  • Find out more

General Bee Keeping

We offer a full compliment of bee keeping services and solutions for the industry. If it’s to do with bees – we do it!

What we offer
  • Extraction of Honey
  • Packing of Honey
  • Bee Keeping Supplies
  • Honey Trading – Local & International
  • Find out more

Fun Facts about Bees

80
Percent 0f All Insect Pollination Is Done By The Honey Bee
36
Degrees Celsius Is The Average Temperature Of A Beehive Year Round
7
Weeks Is The Average Life Span Of A Worker Bee
3
Orbits Of The Earth Is The Same Distance Bees Fly To Collect 1Kg Of Honey

The Host a Hive Service

Fully managed bee hive rental

What is Host a Hive?

Host a Hive takes the difficulty out of beehive ownership as our team takes care of everything

Allows you to enjoy pure and natural honey from your very own backyard

Dramatically improves the pollination on your property

Bringing “nature” back to your area, and helping New Zealand grow

 

Simply choose from one of our 3 Host a Hive Packages detailed below and register online.
Using Google earth we will make an initial assessment of your location to ensure that your property is suitable to Host a Hive. We will then contact you to discuss further an appropriate place to locate the bees on your property and establish a pre approval.
After your property has been pre approved you will then receive an email confirming this along with payment instructions. You can then choose to pay via credit card or internet banking and even monthly or annually. However, do keep in mind that all contracts are for a minimum of one year.
Once we have received payment, we will then arrange a suitable time to deliver the bees to your property.
That is it. We then look after your hive and take care of everything. Come harvest time in summer, you will get to taste the wonderful honey straight off your hive. Not to mention watch all your flowers, fruit and vegetables grow larger and stronger due to all the pollination from your new bees.

 

How does it work?

 

 

 

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

— Proverbs 16:24 —

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More Fun Facts about Bees

20000
Known Species Of Bees Throughout The World
230
Number Of Times A Bees Wings Flap Per Second.
2000
Number Of Eggs a Queen Can Lay Per Day
3
Grams Of Honey Produced By One Bee In Its Lifetime

Host a Hive Packages

Select the package that best suits your property

SUSTAINABLE BEES FUND

$13
$13
  • $13 per month/billed monthly
  • Support sustainable bee keeping in NZ
  • Promote best practice and improve local ecosystems
  • Support the pollination of NZ's plants, fruits and vegetables
  • Don't want to host a hive? Then support the bees and protect your future
  • Pay via Credit Card Online

BACKYARD PACKAGE

$37
$37
  • $37 per month/billed annually
    $41 per month/billed monthly
  • 1 Fully Managed Kiwi Bees Beehive
  • 7kg of Honey From Your Beehive
  • Pollination of Your Property Year Round
  • We Take Care of Everything
  • Save over 10% on your Subscription by paying annually
  • Pay via Credit Card or Online Banking

HOME & GARDEN PACKAGE

$57
$57
  • $57 per month/billed annually
    $63 per month/billed monthly
  • 2 Fully Managed Kiwi Bees Beehives
  • 14kg of Honey From Your Beehives
  • Pollination of Your Property Year Round
  • We Take Care of Everything
  • Save over 10% on your Subscription by paying annually
  • Pay via Credit Card or Online Banking

LIFESTYLE BLOCK PACKAGE

$97
$97
  • $97 per month/billed annually
    $108 per month/billed monthly
  • 4 Fully Managed Kiwi Bees Beehives
  • 25kg of Honey From Your Beehives
  • Pollination of Your Property Year Round
  • We Take Care of Everything
  • Save over 10% on your Subscription by paying annually
  • Pay via Credit Card or Online Banking

All Host a Hive Packages include the following:

  • Full hive maintenance
  • Allocated honey from your own Host a Hive
  • Pollination of your property year round
  • Registration costs, levies, statutory obligations
  • Regular checks of hive activity and bee health
  • Regular inspection for disease (AFB)
  • Feeding of bees when necessary
  • All treatments for Varroa mite
  • Transport costs

Frequently Asked Questions

As Bees can fly up to 3km to find food, they don’t know boundary fences and therefore only require a small space on your property. Beehives can be placed anywhere from apartment rooftops to small backyard sections in the city center. We are very careful to locate the beehives in a position on your property where the bees will not create a nuisance to you or anyone else. Register online to see if your property is appropriate. 
Bees will progressively exit the hive and fly in small circles around the hive entrance. The circles will get gradually wider and further away from the beehive entrance. This is so the bees can get their bearings and familiarise themselves to their new surroundings. After 1-2 days, the bees will be accustomed with their new surroundings and will fly in straight lines to their closest nectar source such as your vegetable garden or fruit trees.
Cats and Dogs are absolutely fine on the property while a beehive is present. Cats seem to be more inquisitive than Dogs but both are wise enough to know not to antagonise the bees! However, the odd one soon learns not to disturb the hive. If your cat or dog has a known allergy to bee stings then it would be wise to have an antihistamine on hand.
Our team harvest the hive on average twice a year but only during the summer months. Our first harvest normally takes place before Christmas; it is at this time that you as the host are supplied with some amazing honey from your own beehive. The full year’s supply of honey detailed in your Host a Hive package (7kg-14kg-25kg), will be provided to you in 1.5kg tubs. This honey is raw unprocessed natural honey harvested on site using our field harvesters. If you would rather have the pre-packed honey instead, then this can be arranged if specifically asked for prior to initial harvest. Additional honey from your hive may be available for purchase later in the summer if requested prior to second harvest. Visit our online shop for pricing details on honey.
Bees are complex little insects and there are many behaviours they display. It’s not unusual to see a small clump of bees around the entrance of the bee hive. On hot days, bees will cluster at the entrance to fan in cool air to keep the hive cool. During the summer months the bees will often congregate on the front of the beehive. Do not be alarmed when they do this as they are just cooling down and will eventually make their way back into the hive as they wish.
Again, bees are very complex little insects and there are many behaviours they display. On days that are a bit cooler, you will see less of the bees coming and going. On these days, bees will stay inside the hive and cluster within the frames to keep the queen warm and to keep the hive at a constant temperature of around 35 degrees Celsius.
There is no way for you to know if a beehive is about to swarm unless you visually see the additional queen cells inside the hive. During spring bees often go through the natural process of swarming. Basically, the beehive creates a new queen cell and when it hatches, the old queen leaves the packed hive and swarms, taking a crowd of worker bees with her. The new queen will stay and take over the hive. Sometimes, if more than one queen hatches, there may be a number of smaller swarms. When bees swarm, they are not really dangerous even though they look and sound scary. A cloud of swarming bees needs somewhere to rest, normally they settle onto a branch within 30-50 meters of the hive. They can hang there anywhere from a few hours to a few days or even choose to permanently take up residence. They are not aggressive in this state as they are vulnerable and don’t have any hive or honey stores to protect. If you see that your hive has swarmed please contact us and we will come collect the swarm.
As detailed in our Host a Hive Terms and Conditions, Hosts are not permitted to open the hive or to check the hive at any time unless asked too. The reason for this is that bees are extremely vulnerable to changes in temperature, and entering the hive, can cause undue stress on the colony. Disturbing the frames can be detrimental to the hive especially if the queen is lost or crushed. If this happens it can interrupt her laying patterns and can cause the hive to fail. Evidently, we wear a protective bee suit when entering a beehive, as the bees natural instinct is to protect the queen by stinging anything that could be a predator.
If you are captivated by the little creatures like we are and you are interested in looking into the inside operations of the beehive, we can by appointment, arrange a close and personal experience with your Host a Hive bees. We are happy to spend some time with you during one of our visits and give a short tutorial on how the hive works and what the bees are doing. The bees are doing different things at different times of the year, but the best time to do this is from spring through to autumn. We can make it as hands on as you are comfortable with, with a real demonstration of what we do when servicing your Host a Hive. We have a range of bee suits and glove sizes available for kids through to adults. Bookings for these educational experiences are essential.
Harvesting Honey

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What our Clients say

  • Perched on the edge of my cliff, my beehive attracts a lot of attention from tourists who come to look at the view.

    — Rachel Shaw —
  • We have loved having the bees in our garden. Jack was very particular about where the hive should be situated. We have half an acre on Napier Hill and the hive has been placed where we see it every time we enter or leave the property. It is great to see the bees flying above our heads, going off to do their days work and then returning later in the day, always busy making us honey. We have a large variety of fruit trees and last year we noticed a big difference in the pollination rate, resulting in a larger harvest. So having our own delicious honey and more fruit has been well worth it, especially as we dont have to worry about taking care of the bees.

    — Yvonne and Steve Dickson —
  • We have had a Kiwi Bees hive in our property for nearly eight months now, it sits quietly next to a large lavender bush to one side of our driveway, and we have got great enjoyment and satisfaction from having it there, even without the added benefits of far better pollination of our garden vege plants, and the superb honey the hive delivers( via Jack)-I am in the wine business and so have a sharper nose than most (practice!) and the tastes/aromas/textures of the raw hive honey are unbelievable!

    — Jeremy Dunningham —
  • We would like to thank Jack for coming up with this concept. Being too busy to go down the track of having our own hives this is a perfect solution. Increasing pollination on our property for our orchard and floristry business is an added bonus. To have access to the best honey we have ever tasted is the ultimate, plus we can tell friends it is our own! Overseas and local guests in our cottage are fascinated by the hive activity. A real win win for the environment and us.

    — Paul and Sheryl Viggers —
  • We’ve had our hive for over a year now and can’t imagine being without it. It sounds strange, but ‘our’ bees have become part of the family. I often take a chair down to the hive and watch them at work. The hive seems to have developed its own personality – after a brief settling in period the bees seem pretty relaxed, I can walk right through their flight path and they’ll fly around me and carry on with their day.

    — Kent and Michelle Hutchins —
  • Love your happy bees in my garden– like to watch them coming and going from their hive– thank you bees for your tasty brown honey.
    Have had a bumper crop of apricots, persimmons, nectarines and feijoas.

    — Margaret Loughnan —
  • We’ve had huge crops from our fruit trees this season – I like to think having a working hive on the section played a large part in that. It’s also good to think we’re helping to maintain the NZ bee population.

    — Kent and Michelle Hutchins —
  • Jack and the team have been great to deal with from the start, answering any questions we have and always happy to tell me what they’re doing with the hive as the seasons progress, and why – I’ve learned a lot!

    — Kent and Michelle Hutchins —
  • The honey we get straight off our own hive is incredible – a very distinct flavour, quite unlike any processed honey I’ve ever tried. Eating a honey sandwich whilst looking out the window at the hive it came from is a nice feeling!

    — Kent and Michelle Hutchins —

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