the eltham apiaries' Story

 

Starting initially as a hobby, Trevor Rowe took his passion for beekeeping with his wife Gay to the next level, founding Eltham Apiaries in 1965.

 Trevor Rowe – uncapping a frame of honey ready for extracting.

Trevor Rowe – uncapping a frame of honey ready for extracting.

 Gay Rowe packing honey from the first honey vat.

Gay Rowe packing honey from the first honey vat.

The family owned and operated business soon grew to employ 5 staff as the demand for their quality Taranaki honey took off. Sonia, Trevor's daughter, worked alongside in the honey sheds and Trevor's passion flowed down the family line.

Over the next 25 years Eltham Apiaries run by Trevor and Gay became a household name for their rich New Zealand Clover Honey.  With their kiwi ingenuity they developed markets in bulk Clover, beeswax and Comb Honey.

In 1994 Sonia, with her husband Bryon, bought Eltham Apiaries and are proud to continue the excellence in honey production, adding Mānuka, and Bush Blend Honey to the retail line.

Today the legacy continues as Bryon, Sonia and their son, Isaac continue to delight the passionate honey consumer near and far serving up Taranaki's favourite honey with a heart for the community and a love for the land.

 Bryon pulling a hive apart to check its wellbeing

Bryon pulling a hive apart to check its wellbeing

 Sonia preparing frames ready for the extractor

Sonia preparing frames ready for the extractor

 Our rich honey frames ready for extraction

Our rich honey frames ready for extraction

 Bryon working with a hive

Bryon working with a hive

 Sonia loading the extractor ready for spinning

Sonia loading the extractor ready for spinning

 Sonia and Isaac preparing comb honey

Sonia and Isaac preparing comb honey

 
 

Eltham Apiaries trading now as ELTHAM HONEY is proud to continue serving the community with their school fundraising (clover honey), community groups, school bee presentations as well as promoting healthy bees in the environment. We're pretty happy to continue producing your favourite honey too!