Phone: 06 8777 300

Phone (Other): 0800 272 825

Fax: 06 877 4200

Hours Open:

  • Weekdays: 9am–5pm
  • Weekends: 9am–5pm
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Venue Types: Retail, Food producer

Amenities: Carpark, Wheelchair Access, Toilets, Qualmark, Guided Tours Available, Gift Shop

Suitable for Ages: Families

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Based in Havelock North, you will find honey HQ. This bright, innovative centre offers a truly interactive self-paced learning experience that children of any age will have delight in unfolding the world of the honeybee.

Smell – the sweet aromas of the honey
Feel – the heat generated by the honey bees themselves
See – the worker bees up close
Discover – the honey bees world under microscopes
Taste – our range of nine different native & pastoral honeys

The team at the centre is always on hand to help out with spotting the queen, and answer any questions that you have about honey or the honey bee!

Arataki Honey the Company

Arataki Honey Ltd has been in beekeeping since 1944 and has always been located in Arataki Road. It is one of the largest beekeeping enterprises in the Southern hemisphere & is still family owned & operated. With all this experience we are confident we will be able to help with any questions.

Honey & retail section

The Visitor Centre has a gorgeous honey & honeybee related gift store to browse through. Luscious New Zealand made cosmetics & body care items, health products and advice. For the foodies we offer a wide selection of gourmet products both again New Zealand & locally made. Toys & clothing for children! And something for everybody else – you will truly be amazed!


The centre is open for a self-paced experience with the team always at hand to inform and answer questions. The centre is free to visit.

Tour groups

The centre welcomes tour groups of any size and has a number of options available, from a brief introduction to a fully hosted tour. Group bookings are essential.

With all this on offer Arataki Honey is truly “a sweet experience”!

Please contact as any time about bees, honey & your visit – Arataki Honey Visitor Centre is honey bee HQ!

Disability friendly
Plenty of free parking

Map showing Arataki Honey Visitor Centre