Heli Beekeeping Experience (exclusive access)

Duration:

4 hours (approx.)

Times:

On request

Includes:

Accommodation transfers, private helicopter, private beekeeper, make your own beeswax candles and honey soap, spin and bottle your own honey

Available:

September to March (depending on weather and temperature)

Rating:

Easy

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Heli Bee keeping experience

Your experience begins with a luxury transfer to your private helicopter before we depart from Queenstown, flying high above the sparkling waters of Lake Wakatipu to Mt Nicholas Station.

You will be accompanied by an experienced local beekeeper who will help unlock the secrets of these incredible insects. They will share some insight into what's in store before you land amongst the stunning scenery of this remote station near an established apiary of around 30 mature beehives.

After climbing into your bee suit and donning protective gloves, you will begin your journey into the life of a busy beekeeper; investigating the inner workings of a bustling hive and understanding how these amazing insects work as a harmonious colony - as well as how they transform nectar from local flowers into delicious honey.

If you wish, you can hold a frame containing hundreds of bees, seeing the physical differences between males (drones), females (workers) and queens up close. But regardless, you will of course taste fresh honey taken straight from these remote alpine hives.

Following your visit to the hives, you will return to your helicopter for a short flight back to Queenstown to complete the second half of your journey at Buzzstop. Here, you will learn how honey gets from the hive into the jar; getting hands-on with frames, filters and decanters to fill your very own jars of honey, custom-labelled as a memento of your experience.

Having seen the entire process from hive to factory, you will no doubt be an authority on bees and honey when you return home. Our guides love being able to customise these experiences, and following yours we will transport you back to your accomodation or to your next adventure - the choice is yours.

Heli bee keeping
Heli bee keeping
Heli bee keeping
Heli bee keeping

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Our Dream Wedding

From very first contact with Lee, I knew I had FINALLY found what I was looking for. Planning an overseas wedding proved difficult with all correspondence via email. I was about to give up! Then I was recommended Alpine Luxury Tours! We chose to have a 5 hr private tour as apart of our wedding day. Our tour was well thought out, the experience made our wedding extra special and definitely memorable. All our guest had an incredible day. No matter what your occasion, Alpine Luxury Tours will make your trip extra special. We cannot wait to go back!!

NandTKnight
Great coordination, highly flexible, travel in comfort

We actually had multiple days with Alpine Luxury Tours. Jamie was our driver/host on all 3 days. We were a small group so it was very easy to discuss our destinations. We did the wine tour (slight changes due to the weather), Tasman glacier hike/helo ride, and Dart river jetboat ride/Arrowtown tour. Separate reviews were done for those specific events. Alpine Luxury Tours provided us with lunch for certain events, transport to/ from activities and narration along our routes. Many thanks to Jamie who made our vacation a truly memorable visit.

zavalaphilam
Simply Spectacular

Such stunning scenery at Middle Earth!!! What a spectacular place to visit, the Middle Earth waterfalls is one of New Zealand's best things to do! The glacier, waterfalls, alpine flowers/moss all add up to make this not only a unique experience, but was quite awe inspiring too. Lee was amazing to deal with, going out of his way to ensure that we could go on this helicopter flight..... firstly cancelled due to Covid in March 2020, and then due to weather. An amazing experience shared with family. Would absolutely recommend this fantastic opportunity to you all.

525paulinet
A magic 48hrs

Fantastic! Lee is an absolute pro, every detail is taken care of and you are guaranteed a super comfortable, enjoyable experience. You can tell he's a local and really loves the area, his insider knowledge adds value to the trip and helped ensure we made the most of every moment. And to top it off he's a bloody good bloke! I'll be on the phone to book him in again if I'm lucky enough to spend more time in Central Otago.

Stuart M