Bee Hives

A native forest in New Zealand doesn’t always contain Manuka trees, they are in specific locations across the North Island and upper parts of the South Island. Our honey is produced in Northland and the East Coast of the North Island. The beehives are man made during the winter season and the bees provide their own touch-ups to these hives with propolis and other special materials. Bees live in these hives, produce Manuka honey and raise their young.

There are many types of bee hives but the most commonly used is the “Langstroth” hive box design. Honey normally gets stored in the upper boxes of the hives whilst the brood is housed in the bottom box (where the queen lays her eggs and they develop into bee larvae (baby bees). A bee hive is very comparable to a birds nest, it is made to protect the bees from predators and the outside environment. Each colony of bees has one Queen and she is capable of producing 2000 eggs per day. The honey (worker) bees life span is very short, only about 6 weeks. It spends its 6 weeks working, pollinating and producing honey for the hive. Bees are responsible for pollinating flowers, fruits and vegetables and they are an important part of our eco system.
When bees are coming back to the hive we use colours to help them determine which hives they belong to. We use distinctive bright colours to alert them. Even if you move their hive a few kilometres away, the bees will always fly back to their same hive. Another fun fact is that bees can’t see the colour red. This is because bees base their colour on the ultra violet colour chart where red is non existent.