Our Story

The story of Arataki Honey began when 17-year-old Percy Berry was asked to help a neighbour to remove a swarm of bees from a tree. From that single swarm began the dream of one day becoming a full-time beekeeper.

In 1944 Percy Berry bought nine acres in Arataki Road, Havelock North. With his son Ian, Percy registered 131 hives to Arataki Apiaries Ltd, and began a journey that resulted in the Arataki Honey we know and love.

Today, family owned Arataki Honey has three manufacturing sites across the North and South Islands of New Zealand, employs over 100 people and is home to 1.5 billion bees. Arataki Honey works under several compliance licenses including Exporter License, Site Compliance Certification, Certificate of Kashrut, New Zealand.com and UMFHA.