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Our beekeeping Courses & Education

At our Beetopia hands-on learning apiary, indoor classroom & outdoor training facility, we offer group courses, one-on-one private training and educational projects to schools, home schooling and ECC. We also travel to various locations and offer our services on site.

Our next beginner's courses will be held from September 2024 with a qualified beekeeper. The course provides the basics required for hive management at an introductory level and includes:

  • bee recognition (distinction between worker / nurse / drone / queen bees )

  • distinction between honey / nectar / capped honey/pollen

  • the all-important "life cycle of bees"& castes

  • understanding how to use all beehive equipment

  • info on how to register your beehives and mandatory requirements for beekeepers in New Zealand

  • Hands-on-lesson in hives

  • Honey Tasting

The courses run in small numbers as we believe this adds value and gives attendees plenty of hands-on time in the hives and the ability to ask one on one questions with our instructor.

2023/4 Beginner’s beekeeping


As courses are weather dependent and spring in Aotearoa is notoriously unpredictable,  please bear in mind if the weather is wet and/or too windy we cannot open the hives and therefore might be obliged to postpone course dates.

Our half day courses are held on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 8.30am am - 12.30/ noon in Matakana. Tea & Coffee & Honey drinks provided during morning break. Honey Tasting and Equipment overview at the end of the course.

Protective Beekeeping Clothing & Gloves provided. Cost per person $220

2024/25 Dates 

September 8th -22nd -29th

October 6th - 20th

November 3rd - 17th

December 1st - 15th 

January 12th (Disease Recognition)

February 9th - 16th

March 2nd -16th

Payment required before commencing the course.Payment details provided upon confirming the course date.

Pollinator Education - Fun Lessons -Talks -Honey Sessions - Team Bonding 

We offer tailor-made learning opportunities to schools, ECC, libraries, corporates and private groups. Below are a few groups we have successfully catered for : 

  • Matakana Primary School 

  • Leigh Primary School

  • Pakiri Primary School

  • Ahuroa Primary School

  • Wainui Primary School

  • Muddy Toes ECC

  • Warkworth & Wellsford ECCs

  • Warkworth & Wellsford Libraries

  • Chelsea Sugar Team Bonding 

  • Kowhai Festival and A&P Show

  • Mitre 10 Flower Show

  • Many many Garden groups

  • Residential Care Homes

  • Home Schooling groups

  • International Chefs

Disease Recognition & Varroa Education Courses.

Contact us for details of course dates and more info.

Thank you for sharing your amazing passion with our young explorers. Your lessons showed an indepth knowledge of not only beekeeping and its associated activities but also an ability to make this relevant to tamariki of all ages.


We loved having you at our school. Please bee back

Ngā mihi

Michelle Nell

Principal Ahuroa School

Grass’ passion and knowledge for all things bees inspired a schoolwide term long inquiry which we called Pollinators and Petals. During this inquiry, Grass delivered a superb series of informative lessons which were interactive and made even more interesting with all of the 'beeautiful' hands on materials and resources she brought with her. Grass pitches the learning perfectly for our different year levels and has a lovely way with all students. 

Kerrin Jamieson

Principal Leigh School

Grass was so enthusiastic and provided fun, engaging hands-on lessons. The lessons were relevant, well prepared and always pitched at an age appropriate level. The students gained a wealth of knowledge (as did the teachers). Over a year later and the students are still talking about the things they learnt from Grass. We are really looking forward to working with Grass again to set up our own bee hives here at school.

Darrel Goosen  Principal/Tumuāki

Beetopia New Zealand
"All things Bees"
is located just outside of Matakana
181 Omaha Flats Road

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