Honey cen­tre for Qtown

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS - DASHA KUPRIENKO

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.

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