Beginners Bee Education Days

Next course - the future of the course is unknown at present.

If you would like to express your interest in attending a future course, please email   and we can notify you when dates are set for the next course.

The Manawatu Bee Club typically holds a Beginners Bee Education Days course over one weekend in February and in November. These courses are held over two consecutive days, including both theory and practical sessions.  The course is a repeat of the courses run previously which were very well received. It is designed to give you the confidence to be a beekeeper, teaching all the basic aspects of beekeeping using the Langstroth hive system. Most procedures are also relevant to other hive systems, and we're happy to answer questions around Top Bar and Warre hives as best we can.


  • First year beekeeping experiences
  • Literature, books, websites etc to read
  • Rules and regulations relating to registering hives
  • Life cycle of the hive
  • Bee Biology
  • Bee products
  • Protective Equipment
  • Hiveware
  • How to assemble your hive woodware
  • Laundering and hygiene
  • Club membership
  • Where to position your hives
  • Diseases and pests
  • Rules and regulations relating to AFB
  • Colony management incl swarm control methods
  • Month by month tasks
  • Splitting and Requeening
  • Honey extraction


$120 per person. This includes course book and tuition with experienced beekeepers. Morning tea, lunches and refreshments will be provided.


A full bee suit and gloves will need to be worn for the practical sessions - the club has these available to use for the duration of the practical sessions. Please wear / bring long socks and gumboots or closed shoes as ankles are a sometimes overlooked area that bees can get at and sting.


The course will be held in the PNCC Education Centre at the Recycling Centre, Maxwells Line, Palmerston North (directions will be given).

The course will be limited to 25 people, get in quick so you don't miss out.

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