Share Nature’s Best at Comvita
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.