Honey centre for Qtown
A Queenstown beekeeper is buzzing over a new business opening for tourists and rural honey enthusiasts.
The Buzz Stop general manager Nick Cameron believes there is a high demand for a honey centre with hands-on experiences.
Located on Hansen Rd by the Barn in Frankton, the business is being developed by five partners and is expected to be open in the spring.
The centre will include a shop, cafe and honey extraction and packaging facility, as well as visitor experiences and education areas.
‘‘You’ve got roughly 2.3 million [people] coming through [Queens- town] in the last 12 months, and 50 per cent of them don’t want to jump off the bridge or leap out of a plane.’’
Visitors to the centre will be able to put on a bee suit, work with a hive, ‘‘get sticky’’ and hold a frame with about 400 bees.
‘‘In a lot of these adrenalin-related activities, there’s limits on age or weights. We don’t have that, so a family can come together and get stuck in,’’ Cameron said.
The centre will have food grade certified honey extraction machinery. Cameron is keen to work with beekeepers from Otago, Southland and the West Coast.
The Buzz Shop is looking for beekeepers in Queenstown to work as casual guides.
Visitors to the centre will be able to hold a frame with about 400 bees.