The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.

Last Minute Christmas Shopping?

Written by Stephanie on December 18th, 2016.      0 comments

If you've left it a bit late for Christmas shopping don't worry you can still get hold of a taste of Waikato with a Sweetree honey!  It's too late for us to courier to you, if you're outside Hamilton but you can pop into one of our stockists near you and pick up a jar or two, here is a list of our stockists.

Surprising Horsham Downs

Written by Stephanie on December 12th, 2016.      0 comments

With summer here we are sharing some special Waikato spots we have found in the areas where our honeys are harvested.  This time it's the Horsham Downs area, our home base.  Horsham Downs is just north of Hamilton City and surprisingly has a few things worth checking out!  

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Tucked in between the Waikato River and River Road in Hamilton lies an unexpected gem for golf lovers. Only 3 kilometres from Flagstaff in the northern suburbs, Horsham Downs Golf Club is well known for its challenging yet picturesque layout. It also deservedly has the reputation for being the friendly club of the Waikato.  Read more about the golf club.

Fruitdale Orchard

Fruitdale Orchard is nice and close to the Hamilton City boundary, located on Osbourne Road.  They grow strawberries, sweetcorn, peaches, nectarines, plums, tomatoes, blackberries, apples, pears, feijoas and cherries.  Throughout the season you can pick your own, which makes it a great day out for the family, especially when you can have fresh fruit ice cream in the shop afterwards!  Find and more and get directions.

Te Awa River Ride

This scenic 70km river ride is under construction between Ngaruawahia and Horahora, 20km south of the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro. The route will weave through rural and urban landscapes, taking in waterfalls and historic Maori sites as well as trendy shops, cafes and wineries.  

At present (late 2016) the cycleway starts at Horotiu (across the bridge from Horsham Downs), and winds it's way beside the river to the Hamilton City Gardens.  Along the way you pass Hinterland Adventures (laser tag, paintball, clay bird and archery outdoor centre), Fonterra Dairy Factory and Waikato Equestrian Centre.  Ending at the Hamilton Gardens gives you a great place to have a rest and re-energise.

Find out more about the River Ride and view maps.

Other Places to Visit Nearby:

Purchase Horsham Downs Honey here!  Please note not all our honey varieties are available all the time.

Fun To Be Had In Hamilton City (Kirikiriroa)

Written by Stephanie on December 1st, 2016.      0 comments

Summer is here!  A great time for us to share some special Waikato spots in areas where our honeys are harvested.  This time I'm going to focus on Hamilton City, Kirikiriroa (the Maori name for Hamilton).  Make sure you don't overlook The Tron if you are in the area, it has lots to offer!  Three spots that are special to us, and our beehives are:

The Hamilton Gardens

The Hamilton Gardens has a large array of unique and stunning gardens including Tudor, Tropical, Chinoiserie, Indian Char Bagh, Italian Renaissance, Japanese Garden of Contemplation, Chinese Scholar's, English Flower, Modernist, Sustainable Backyard, Herb and Kitchen gardens.  It truly is beautiful and a great

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place to spend your day walking through the different gardens, then have a picnic on the extensive lawn or eat in the Gardens Cafe.  The lawn gives you the opportunity to kick a ball around, fly a kite or just relax in the sun.  You can hire a bike or ask for a tour of the gardens and if you go to the information centre you can ask for an orienteering map. There are often events in the pavilion or within the gardens that add more variety to your visit such as flower festivals, expos, shows, arts festival, etc.  There are also daily events for the kids for example a tudor trail, discovery trial and bingo, ask at the information centre for more details.  There is fun for everyone at the Hamilton Gardens!  Get more information here.

Hamilton Zoo

The Hamilton Zoo is a fun day out for the whole family.  With over 600 native and exotic animals set among 25ha of lush and tranquil surroundings it is a great escape within the city.  Just some of the mammals you will see are Black and White Ruffed Lemur, Brown Capuchin Monkey, Cheetah, Chimpanzee, Fishing Cat, Giraffe, Meerkat, Zebra, Red Panda and Sumatran Tiger.  There are a variety of geckos and skinks, red-eared slider tortoises and Hochstetter's frogs.  With the largest free flight aviary in New Zealand you get up close and personal with a number of native and exotic birds such as Parakeets, NZ Pigeon, Scaup, Shoveler, Kaka, Weka, Kingfisher, Tui, Macaw, Parrot, Galah, Lovebird and Lorikeet.  Find out more here.

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The Taitua Arboretum is the perfect place for a gentle walk and a tranquil picnic, giving you the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of life.  The arboretum has a collection of mature trees covering 20 hectares of open pasture, lakes and woodland gardens which are linked by a network of meandering walking paths. With great views and wonderful bird life, the arboretum is ideal for a family outing or Sunday stroll.  Read more and find out how to get there here.

Some other great things Hamilton offers are:

Waikato Museum

On the banks of the Waikato River the Waikato Museum's 13 galleries host more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually, including history, culture, art and environmental.  There is always interesting exhibits, artwork, talks, events and children's programme on throughout the year.  The Exscite science gallery aims to foster a learning experience in an exciting and engaging environment for the kids. Exscite is jam-packed with interactive, science based activities for young people to actively learn while having fun.  Our boys love it!
Find out more here.

Hamilton Lake

The Hamilton Lake (Lake Rotoroa) is situated in the heart of the city.  It has a path meandering around the lake that is 3.4km long.  After a walk you can eat at the cafe or have a picnic on the lawn.  The kids will absolutely LOVE the playground.  It includes a network of small water features that children can pump water into, dam up and release water, this is a hit with the kids! Make sure you bring some bread to feed the ducks!  Find out how to get there.


Claudelands Events Centre
Our new Claudelands Event Centre is where a lot of our entertainment is hosted in Hamilton.  Not only is it the location of live music, performance, sport, conferences and expos, it hosts the weekly Hamilton Farmers Market in the barn!  Sweetree has a stall at the Hamilton Farmers Market every Sunday 8am -12noon.  Find out more about Claudelands Events Centre and the Hamilton Farmers Market.


Purchase Kirikiriroa Honey here!  This honey comes from the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo and Taitua Arboretum.  Please note not all our honey varieties are available all the time.

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