Share Na­ture’s Best at Comvita

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There’s no short­age of nat­u­ral re­sources and at­trac­tions to ad­mire in the Bay of Plenty but if you want to see how pow­er­ful na­ture re­ally is, head straight to Comvita.

The manuka honey man­u­fac­turer’s head­quar­ters are in Paen­garoa, about half way be­tween Tau­ranga and Whakatane. Here you’ll dis­cover the world of the hon­ey­bee - one of the most im­pres­sive, hard-work­ing crea­tures on our planet.

With­out their pol­li­na­tion ser­vices, we wouldn’t have any fruit, veg­eta­bles, grains or seeds to eat. And the manuka honey they pro­duce here in New Zealand is now sought-af­ter world­wide for its in­cred­i­ble anti-bac­te­rial and anti-in lam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

Guided tours through Comvita’s vis­i­tor cen­tre are held at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, seven days a week. They’re suit­able for all ages and take about 40 min­utes.

Your sight, smell, hear­ing and taste buds will all be put to the test as you walk through an in­door for­est and UV-lit manuka grove where ev­ery­thing is su­per-sized to il­lus­trate our world from a hon­ey­bee’s per­spec­tive. En­joy nib­bling on crunchy gran­ules of dried pollen and sam­ple a sweet spoon­ful of golden honey along the way.

Comvita’s own ‘vir­tual bee­hive’ is a spe­cially-heated room dec­o­rated with hexag­o­nal walls to repli­cate life in­side a busy bee­hive.

Thanks to your per­sonal tour guide, video clips and in­for­ma­tion pan­els, you’ll soon be an ‘ex­pert’ in hon­ey­bees. Did you know a hon­ey­bee’s wings beat 200 times a sec­ond? Or that it can col­lect twice its body weight in pollen? They also have ive eyes and can smell through their feet.

An­other high­light is putting on Comvita’s vir­tual re­al­ity head­set to check on the honey sea­son’s progress in the North Is­land’s Kaimanawa For­est.

Don’t for­get to treat your­self to a de­li­cious manuka honey ice-cream at Comvita’s café, and check out their full se­lec­tion of health and skin­care prod­ucts be­fore you leave.

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