Nick Cameron’s family has been involved with beekeeping in Central Otago for over 100 years and the Buzzstop Honey Centre encompasses a hands-on educational experience.
“I really wanted to educate people about bees, beekeeping and how honey is created from the flower to the hive and into the jar,” he says.
Nick and business partner Rose Ryan have developed a distinctive business with a sense of discovery, incorporating a retail honey shop and café into the venture.
“Our experiences are interactive, hands-on, ideal for families and open to all ages. The bee keeping tours involve an active beehive with an experienced beekeeper while our Spin your own Honey tour is really interactive. There is also a craft option to make honey soap, candles and beeswax wraps.”
The centre, located at Country Lane in Queenstown, is open seven days and Rosie says the focus is to provide an authentic experience to everyone who visits whether it’s for a quick coffee, honey tastings or tours.
“The wonderful link between honey and wine is food and qualified chef Helen Gebel has joined our team recently from Rata Restaurant in Queenstown. Her passion is to ensure all our food includes one of our delicious New Zealand honeys and she is developing a menu specifically with Mount Michael Wine to have food paired with each of the wines on offer.”