• About Us

    About Us

    From our hives to your home, from nature to you.
With a many and varied collection of careers behind us: mussel farming, fishing operations, cattle ranching, globe sailing, restaurant chef, kid wrangling, and gold mining amongst them, it was time for the four of us at 3Bee to engage our lifelong passion for Honey, Bees and Skincare.
Freshly untangled from a successful corporate career and with three children now happily established at school, Andrea and Dorje were excited to realize their dream to build a honeybee enterprise. Their inspiration is borne from a deep respect for bees and how this fascinating little animal produces many precious, perfect natural essences and a long-suppressed desire to get out into the spectacular wilderness throughout the top of the South Island.

And so, they set about establishing beehives bursting with health, creating positive partnerships with local landowners and fulfilling that soul-soothing, primal satisfaction that comes from interacting closely with nature. Only good things can come from this!

They just needed someone to share the excitement with….
Meanwhile, immersed in the breath-taking wilderness of the South Island’s West Coast, Tim and Helen felt a need to share their love of simple, back-to-nature wellbeing with the world. So, it was destiny when Dorje called his old mate Tim and said ‘Let’s do honey!’

With creative Helen as the driving force, it became obvious that the amazing health benefits of Manuka honey needed multiple product formats to reach more people. So, Tim and Helen set about formulating a skincare range that included this very finest of nature’s skin foods; 3Bee Manuka honey.

“Very simply I believed we could create a beautiful, honest and effective range of care for the skin that would be a pleasure to use, nourish and rejuvenate the skin and promote a healthy glow." says Helen.

Our collective desire to share the amazing health benefits that our very own 3Bee Manuka honey offers both to skin and within is what brought us together. And so, 3Bee Ultimate Natural Honey and Skincare was born. Ta da!

Since it’s inception, 3Bee has grown to a staff of 9 enthusiastic, hard-working and slightly eccentric, good folk that love what they do and do it very well. 3Bee is all about happy humans, healthy bees and pure wilderness combining their best efforts to produce an outstanding range of honey and Natural Skincare that we are extremely proud to share with you.
Aotearoa, New Zealand, land of the long white cloud.
Our place, the place we call home, glistening at the bottom of the South Pacific Ocean over 4000 miles from our nearest neighbour. Our country's rugged beauty, pure air and pristine water provides a first class environment to raise our bees and harvest our honey. Far from the bustle of towns and cities, our bees quietly go about their business in three remote, tranquil South Island locations surrounded by untouched wilderness, native bush and large back country stations. These un-paralleled locations mean our hives and our bees are amongst the healthiest in the world, they offer you the finest quality Manuka Honey possible and this is what we use in our ultimate natural skincare range.
Awatere Valley
Golden Bay
West Coast
These three stunning locations that are home to our bees, are where we drew inspiration from to name the skincare range...3Bee. Three very special places in Aotearoa, Awatere Valley in the Marlborough region, Golden Bay in the Tasman area and Kapatea on the Wild West Coast.

Awatere Valley - Marlborough.
Awatere is local Maori for 'fast-flowing river', the dominant feature lending its name to this pristine region on the East Coast of the South Island. The climate within the valley is heavily influenced by the ocean, the daytime sunlight is cooled by ocean winds creating a diurnal temperature shift giving the Awatere Valley a uniquely extended growing season. Perfect conditions for our Manuka flowers to flourish.
Golden Bay – Tasman.
We are so fortunate to have space in this five-star bee environment where our bees enjoy an extended season in what we consider to be the best South Island location for our hives. Home to the world renowned Te Waikoropupū Springs, regarded as the purest water in the world, it is a true nature-lovers paradise and this is where our bees bask in the beautiful Kahurangi National Park. Mostly undisturbed by man or machine, our bees are free to gather the very essence of nature's goodness and convert it within their tiny bodies to the raw natural products we lovingly use in our natural skincare.

West Coast.
By contrast, the wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island provides our bees with another special factor, there is more native forest here than any other part of New Zealand and some high activity Manuka. Our bees don’t need to travel far from their hives to bring back the natural ingredients they then turn into our liquid gold. This is by far the most remote location of any of our hives, accessible only by 4WD giving our bees completely undisturbed spaces with only the cool westerly trade winds bringing pure uncontaminated air to New Zealand, for company.
The people we collaborate with in the rural environment are such an important part of apiculture, they are the caretakers of some of the most beautiful and lush land in the top of the South Island and they are our mates. They have the same passion and drive, environmental philosophy and motivation to do the best they can with their farming practices while treading lightly on the land.
Our small but talented sales, marketing and office team at 3Bee was formed through people we were connected to from past experiences and acquaintances who love our approach and style to producing honey and natural skincare. Just like the four owners, the team bring knowledge and experience from past industries. The ‘never stop learning’ attitude that we promote encourages constant idea sharing that evolves to good systems, communication and some cracking good initiatives because we’ve listened to each other.