2 Day Beekeeping Course for beginners 28th & 29th July.

Due to overwhelming demand in course numbers, we have decided to move our Bee Keeping courses to a new facility!

The new course location for The Bee Hive is: MIT North Campus, Gate 13 Alexander Crescent. Otara.

The new location is central and larger to accommodate the needs of all our wonderful students.

There are also live Bees on site!

We look forward to sharing this new space with you all.  

Get in quick! Spaces fill up fast!




                     Beekeeping Course for $275.00 p/p (GST Included)
 If you have ever thought about doing a beekeeping course now is the time.
                     Our 2018 Beekeeping course's have started.

Our Location is MIT North Campus - Gate 13 Alexander Crescent Otara

(Campus photos posted on this page, call 09 294 9005 0r 027 292 4958 for directions).

Course Dates;
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June.


To reserve your seat click on the following link 


Start Saturday morning and leave Sunday afternoon with all the knowledge you will need to know to keep bees.
We are your one stop shop when it comes to bees - education / training, beekeeping supplies and lives bees to get you started.
We will back you up with 24/7 phone, email and facetime support if required.
The Bee Hive 2 day course is only $275.00 per person great value for such a comprehensive course (GST Included).

Please read the following information to make your booking -



You may wish to phone (09 2949005) using your credit card - direct banking or by calling into The Bee Hive  unit 7 - 236 Gt South Road in Drury. 

Start up offer.

WE WILL BE OFFERING SPECIAL START UP SETS FOR BOOKED STUDENTS - Please ask one of our staff to run you through our offers. (you must be booked on a course to receive this special offer).




 What does our beekeeping course offer you.

The Bee Hive course has been designed to provide the student with the theory and practical knowledge needed to become proficient in the art of Beekeeping. This is an entry-level course. The course structure has been designed to fit into a 2 day weekend and now a 2 day week day course 

Course HOURS : Day 1 - 9am to 5.00 pm Day 2 - 9am to 5pm.

Our practical session is hands on with live bees in the Langstroth Hive this is on day 1 day weather permitting.

We provide our students  with a comprehensive set of notes, folder and pen. Our students get to go into a working hive. 

In the classroom we also cover the following Langstroth, Topbar, Bench and Flow Hive.

The Bee Hive Course is designed to take you through the following aspects of Beekeeping.

  • History of Beekeeping in New Zealand. 

  • Stings, allergies and management of. 

  • Life cycle of the honeybee. 

  • Anatomy and physiology of bees. 

  • Beekeeping Statistics for New Zealand 

  • Auckland city Bylaws- 
(NEW 1st September 2015)
  • Hive setup in Urban & Rural areas 

  • Your local Bee Clubs and the NBA 

  • How to build your hive (Build your Hive) (Inside your hive) (Wooden and Plastic frames - pros and cons) (Protective clothing) 

  • We cover the Langstroth, top bar, bench hives and the Flow Hive. 
  • Hive Equipment (Your Friend the Smoker) 

  • Hive Equipment (Queen Excluder and Pollen Traps)
  • Beekeeping Equipment New and Used (Purchasing Bees for your hive) 

  • Hive positioning and placement. 

  • Swarms 

  • Now you have your bees what do you do? (Registration) 

  • Honey flow 

  • What is a bee escape? (Bee Blower) (Honey extraction time) 

  • Processing Honey (Legal obligations when extracting and selling honey in 
New Zealand) (Buy products – capping’s, wax and propolis) (Wax processing) 

  • How to Cream Honey 

  • Toxic Honey (Moving hives) 

  • Splitting your hive 
  • Hive amalgamation. (Requeening), (Requeening by supersedure), (Reputable 
Queen Breeders) 

  • International Marking Codes for Queens 

  • Prices for the 2014/2015 Season 

  • Why do we feed? (Different Types of Feeders) 

  • Disease, signs and symptoms. 

  • American Foulbrood (AFB) (Sterilising Bee Equipment) 

  • Varroa and Other Diseases (Bee Mutations) 

  • Other Varieties of Bees in your Garden 

  • Wasps! 

Course History.

The Bee Hive has now been open for four years and in this time  we have had 500 students complete our course the youngest being 9 the oldest was 82. Our students have travelled as far as Queenstown in the South Island to Kaitaia in the North. Plus one student from Germany and Australia. 

The course has had a diverse range of students some of these have been, police officers, crash fire crews a judge, doctors, a Member of Parliament, farmers, builders, plumbers the list goes on. Their reasoning for doing our course - stress relief, a hobby, under stand the plight of bees and want to increase bee numbers, farmers, life style block owners, commercial growers and a change in life style -to become a full time beekeeper.

We provide morning and afternoon tea.

You will need to provide your own lunch on both days.

There is a student lounge.

The feedback we have received has been very positive with  students some taking the next step going commercial.

We believe our course is very comprehensive and great value for the money paid.

WE OFFER A FREE HELP LINE 9am to 5pm 09 2949005 - after hours and weekends

027 292 4958 TEXT OR RING

© The Bee Hive 2015 - Please read our refund policy on our home page.

 Course Testimonial

Greg, I  thank you so much for running the Beekeeper course, that I attended last weekend.

For me, I'd been to several Franklin  Beekeepers meetings, and was slowly gaining knowledge, but also realising how much more there is to learn before I'd feel confident  enough to get my own hives.

I feel the knowledge you passed onto me, in the class room and with the bees, ---- I now feel confident enough to soon get hives and bees.

Lyn Peacock.


"I came to the course knowing next to nothing about keeping bees. The course was fantastic, and has given me the confidence to begin beekeeping.

Greg has a wealth of knowledge and his teaching style kept us engaged. It was a relief to find a beekeeper willing to share their experience with beginners.

It is also invaluable to know I will have ongoing support from The Bee Hive as questions arise."

-Natalie Collicott, Coromandel


Hi Greg 

A belated thank you for a great course.   It was interesting, informative and well structured including the field trip where we got to actually hold a busy beehive frame.   Your knowledge and experience made it very enjoyable and your enthusiasm is contagious.   The bee community are very fortunate. 

Kind regards

Karen Dobson.


Hi Greg,

Thanks for a great course on the weekend - Still buzzing !!

cheers Ann


Hi Greg

Great course cant wait to use the Ecrotek Hive Doctor Original Base that I purchased off you.

Thanks again Tania.C.