- Nestled amongst the South Island's main divide, in remote high country hills and native forests, we harvest raw, pristine honey produced by our bees through sustainable beekeeping practices
This cream is AWESOME! I put it on at night and my skin is fresh and ready to roll in the morning. No dodgy fillers.
WARNING: a little goes a long way!
I've been using the Night Cream and it is wonderful! Can't wait to get home and take makeup off each day just to use it!!! Absorbs easily and doesn't leave skin greasy - soaks in beautifully.
Ant. Mornington Peninsula. Vic. Australia
My family and I have been enjoying Southern Alps Honey for 3 years now and can't get enough of it. We put it on/in everything (toast, sandwiches, smoothies, marinades, tea). My daughters favourite is the Creamed Alpine Clover and the Multifloral blend. 5+ stars from us. Keep up the good work.
Bex, Hakataramea, NZ
My god the Beech Honeydew is amazing! In kids smoothies and soooo good with tamarillos. We also love it as a sugar substitute. Thank you.
Rose. Christchurch. NZ
I have been using your Night cream (serum) and it's amazing! It has calmed my over sensitive and very dry skin, down a lot. I would highly recommend.
Sophie, Canterbury, NZ
OMG this Nourishing Skin Balm is glorious!!!
Kelsie. Methven, NZ
The clover honey is amazing - never lasts long in our cupboard. Highly recommend!! Even better is knowing where the honey is coming from and supporting an awesome local business. Thanks team.
Megan. Canterbury, NZ
I'm sure we've tried all flavors now, and I still can't decide on a favorite, they're all so, so good in their own ways! Natural honey from our local hills so close to home, nothing could be better!
Gayleen. Christchurch, NZ
I first sampled Southern Alps Honey at The Food Show and since then it's the honey I prefer to buy. The varieties look and taste great right to the bottom of the container. Ordering was easy and it arrived quickly.
Southern Alps Honey is based in the foothills of the stunning Southern Alps in Staveley, Canterbury. Owners, Ben and Leah created Mees Bees Limited along with their honey brand, Southern Alps Honey in 2014.
During the summer months hives are located deep in the Rakaia Gorge in alpine and sub alpine areas where the bees produce clover honey. They are relocated in late summer to the Black Beech forests of the foothills allowing bees to produce Honeydew, Manuka and Native Forest Multifloral honey. Here the bees have an abundance of pollen and nectar, along with the purest water from alpine streams to feed from. These areas are isolated and away from intensive farming practices where sprays and agrichemicals are used.
Honey - from Hive to Customer
Ben and Leah closely monitor all aspects of honey production and processing as they are involved in every step of the business, from beekeeping, hive health, extracting of honey, processing, packaging and distribution.
The honey extraction and processing plant is state of the art and a RMP registered and certified facility. They maintain and follow legislative requirements, Health and Safety programs, Food Safety and Risk Management programs.
After the honey has been harvested from the hives, it is brought to the honey shed where it will be extracted from the honeycomb within the frames. It is a simple operation that does not over-process, over-stir or over-heat the honey insuring the honey's integrity is maintained.
Southern Alps Honey Bees
Our hives are strategically positioned to cause minimal disturbance to the land and bees have access to fresh water, plenty of pollen and a nectar source.
Following honey harvest our bees are wintered down in the native Beech Forest. This allows them to gather honey stores reducing the need to feed sugar syrup over winter. A number of hives remain in the Beech forest while others are moved to clover sites in the Rakaia Gorge where they will stay until the end of summer.
With a state of the art monitoring system GPS co-ordinates of every hive are recorded using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags. These keeps track of each batch of honey and allows us to record where exactly it was produced. For more information on the tracking system, visit http://www.hivetech.nz.