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12 Days of Christmas

It's beginning to feel like Christmas with Nicky already playing Christmas music ("Too early" says Murray) and freshly picked lilies filling the air. We've decided to celebrate Christmas early with 12 days of amazing deals starting on the 1st of December. EACH DEAL LASTS 24 HOURS Day 1 (...

It’s not just about the honey!

Spring has well and truly arrived in Nelson and that means a change of scene for some of our Mountain Valley Honey bees. Beginning around October, when the days grow warm with sunshine and soft breezes, our bees go on a special working holiday — into the local orchards to help pollinate fruit ...

Spring Photo Competition

SNAP & WIN on our Facebook Page this November. This November we’re giving away a 1kg jar of honey each week on our Facebook page for the best photo submitted each week. Each Monday we will set a theme for the week, and our favourite photo each week will win a jar of delicious Mountain ...

What do bees do in Spring?

As the days get longer and temperatures begin to rise, here at MVH we are performing our spring checks in preparation for a busy summer. Likewise, our bee friends are also preparing for a busy harvest season. “This time of year the bees are focused on growing their numbers, with the queens inc...

Turmeric, Honey & Chili Sticky Chicken

Using MVH Beech Honeydew Honey.  Sweet, savory, sticky and spicy, this golden chicken dish ticks all the boxes making a great shared or side dish. INGREDIENTS 1kg free-range chicken nibbles 5 coriander roots, roughly chopped 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped 1 small red onio...

Helping bees keep New Zealand beautiful by buying local honey

Bee Aware month is the perfect time to reflect upon the importance of honey bees in our gardens and our lives.  We New Zealanders enjoy a very special relationship with the humble honey bee — we need look no further than the Buzzy Bee, that charmingly noisy toy which has been following Ki...

The Nationwide Effort to Eliminate American Foulbrood Disease

A beekeeper does far more than just produce honey. They also have a responsibility to protect their hives and ensure they’re healthy and safe from diseases such as American Foulbrood disease (AFB) - which affects the honeybee larvae and pupae and is prevalent worldwide. In New Zealand AFB it i...

The Past, Present & Future of Beekeeping in NZ

Looking to the future of New Zealand’s beekeeping industry, the priority is looking after our honeybees, and making sure they are in an environment where they can thrive.  “The honeybees are the most important thing,” according to Murray Elwood, co-owner of Mountain Valley Honey. “If y...

Five Easy Ways to make your Garden Bee Friendly this Spring

Bees are major pollinators that contribute greatly to the world’s environment and food production. However, our humble honey bees are becoming increasingly endangered due to disease, pests, urbanization and climate change, among other factors.  So, we all need to do our bit to protec...

How to Use Your Wildflower Seeds

We are giving away packs of Wildflower seeds to help make your garden ‘bee-friendly’ in celebration of Bee Aware month this September. Every $50 you spend* gets you a FREE packet of Wildflower seeds made of a carefully selected blend of seed-grown flowering plants that are high in nectar and p...