This post is from a couple of years ago, but remains the most popular one, so I've repeated it for all you newbies.
But first…NEWS FLASH!…We are now selling honey! This is our first season with honey in jars and we are very excited. If you would like to check it out, here it is artisanhoneys.com. NZ buyers only, at this stage, but when I figure out the regulations for export, watch this space!
We've been experimenting with growing plants for bees. There are plenty of plants that have flowers that bees love. And lots of lists of good ones too. But we need ones that will produce excellent honey, as well as thrive in our country and climate. And then there is the need to grow quickly enough to make it all worthwhile. Some forest giants produce excellent bee flowers but you need to wait for so long for them to get going (although I do wonder how high a bee likes to fly to get to the flowers - might need to research this too).
The big honey-producing flowering plants in NZ are manuka and kanuka. So this is our first plant experiment.