How to get bees
Having a beekeeper place hives on your property can be a win/win situation. You provide the space and food source and they manage the bees. Usually the beekeeper owns the hives, hires them out to commercial orchards or farms for pollination, then places them on your site for honey production. Sometimes mes money, but more often en honey, is paid to the landowner in rent.
Or you can own the hives and pay the beekeeper to look after them. The responsibilities of the beekeeper are clearly stated in Apiculture New Zealand’s Beekeeper Code of Conduct and you should ensure you have your agreement clear and in writing with an Apiary Land
But remember bees know no boundaries or fences. If there is already an established apiary within two kilometres, it may be that your area is already at maximum bee capacity. As the landowner, you need to take some responsibility for stocking numbers and to ensure adequate feed sources and water are available. Even if the beekeeper promises to supplementary feed the bees, overstocking will starve out other beneficial insects and be detrimental to all.