Our Story

From our hives to your home, we are a tiny but tight Mount Maunganui team dedicated to crafting premium yet affordable honey for our local community and beyond.

Born from an avid interest in nature, Wax Eyed Bees began in 2016 as one hive in a Mount Maunganui backyard. Intended as a therapeutic hobby, one hive soon turned into seven so bee boss Wayne could observe activity in a hive for every day of the week. With the suburban beach backyard reaching capacity and Wayne’s appetite for beekeeping increasing, he asked a few local mates to house just a few more hives on their properties too. 

Courtesy of yet another mate, Wayne was introduced to his wise beekeeping mentor Pete, now one of our ‘stars of the jar’. Pete has guided Wayne from his first year in bees to becoming a regular supplier of honey including his top shelf Manuka to New Zealand’s largest bee product companies, providing consignments of honey destined for international markets. 

With encouragement from his honey loving partner, 2020 marks the first time general public have direct access to Wax Eyed Bees honey. From Wayne’s hives to your home we’re stoked to share this sweet golden gift from nature with you. 

The Team

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