New Zealand comb honey is one of the ﬁnest naturally produced products in the world. Gathered from the meadows of New Zealand pasturelands and from the extensive areas of native ﬂora, a reputation for being a ﬁne, delectable tasting, uncontaminated and unprocessed product has evolved.
UNPROCESSED – comb honey is characterised by the criteria that it has not been subjected to any chemical or transformation type process that in any way might alter its natural composition when served on the meal table, the honey exists in the identical state to which it was fashioned in the beehive.
UNCONTAMINATED – New Zealand dark comb honey is gathered from the extensive areas of native ﬂowers, shrubs, and trees areas uninhabited, untouched and unpolluted by man.
Lake Tutira, situated 40 miles from Havelock North, is one of the many locations for Arataki’s honey gathering operations.
Arataki Honey Ltd is the largest Producer, Packer and Exporter of comb honey in Australasia. The company has a wide distribution of hives throughout the central and eastern regions of the North Island of New Zealand with operations being centred on two bases – Havelock North in the eastern sector and Waiotapu in the central sector.
Ranges creating two different climatic regions.
Arataki beehive country.
Hives of bees gathering nectar in the hill country farmlands of New Zealand.
Due to operations being conducted and coordinated from two bases, which is a result of the wide distribution of hives, two different climatic conditions are utilised, thereby minimising the risk of a crop failure.
Also many different types of nectar, which change and ﬂuctuate in quantity according to seasonal and yearly variations, are gathered resulting in production of comb honey that is diversiﬁed in ﬂavour and colour.
An extensive area of native flora, abounding with the rewarewa tree in full flower.