The quality and quantity of honey around the Central Otago region seems to grow every year. My favourite being Lake Hawera Honey (top left). This quick photo from the shelves of the local Wanaka supermarket sums up the selection available to the local population of about 6,000 people. Although that number expands to over 20,000 in the summer holidays it means that beekeeping continues to be successful for the local apiarists.
The local trails throughout the Wanaka region often follow the lake shoreline. One excellent and easy walk from town leads to Rippon Vineyards ending in a majestic view over Lake Wanaka. As can be seen, these bees on their estate must have one of the best views from any hive in the country. Its great to see the large areas of lavender that have been planted by Rippon which shows their support of beekeeping. Don’t forget to check out their excellent selection of wines in the tasting room.