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2019: Arataki Packaged Honeybees Reservation (Arataki, New Zealand, Carniolin, Tube Style, 1kg)


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Pick-up options are available for both our shop in Ladner, and for Urban Bee Honey Farm in Victoria. See details below.
Honeybee Package Details

These honeybee packages are from New Zealand, with a Carniolin queen. Each package contains 1kg of bees. Please review all details below and the Terms & Conditions at checkout prior to processing payment. All packages purchased include a $30 non-refundable deposit. Packages are only available for pick-up, not for shipping; please see ‘Pick-Up Dates‘ below.

We have been supplying Arataki packages from the beginning here at Urban Bee Supplies and they are a customer favourite. Long-time customers have come to expect year-after-year the same results from Arataki: predictably gentle, productive and easy-to-manage bees. It is unlikely you will find a gentler bunch of bees to start your beekeeping journey with!

Carniolin queens tend to produce colonies that are better suited to colder, wetter climates and shorter seasons.

These packages are unique and easy to use because they come in a tube, which in our experience is a bit easier to install than the box style. When installing these packages, you just remove the top and can pour the bees quite neatly into your equipment. We provide further installation instructions to customers prior to package pick-up.

Please note that our expected costs can change closer to the delivery dates, and as such prices are subject to change. If you have already reserved with us and we reduce our price you will receive a refund or credit for the difference. If we increase our price you keep the lower price.

Note to New Beekeepers: These packages contain only the honeybees for a new hive, and you will also need to separately purchase hive equipment to install them into. We offer beginner beekeeping kits which are a great options for new beekeepers. You will also need protective clothing (we normally recommend beginners start with a full suit).

Pick-Up Dates

Last updated January 16th, 2019.

Our Arataki packages are currently expected to be arriving in mid to late March. Unfortunately we are not able to set pick-up dates at this time; once we receive expected shipping dates we will update that information here, and send out updates to customers who have already reserved packages. Typically we are able to set tentative dates in February.

Honeybee packages are normally available for pick-up 2-3 days after arrival. We extend our hours significantly during the set pick-up dates to accommodate customers.

Please note that on pick-up days, we are not able to fill larger orders for equipment, though we often have many small supplemental products such as pollen patty ready for quick purchases. If you reserve packages with us, we will remind you well in advanced to please place any larger orders in advanced which you would like to pick-up with your bees.

If you have placed your order for Victoria pick-up, please be aware that the pick-up location Urban Bee Honey Farm does not carry beekeeping supplies. However, we do regularly send orders to Urban Bee Honey Farm in Victoria for pick-up there. If you would like to order equipment to be sent to Victoria our online store includes a pick-up in Victoria option, or you can contact us directly to place your order. If you reserve packages with us, we will email a reminder to place Victoria equipment pick-up orders in advanced.

Unfortunately we do not offer shipping service for packaged honeybees due to health risks to the honeybees. We will however be offering shipping services for nucleus colonies this summer. Please view our nuc colony page for details, or if it is not yet updated on the website please feel free to contact us directly: 604-364-1993 //


Please note that all discounted rates require payment via cash, cheque, debit or e-transfer. The cost per package for all credit card payments will be $277 each (or $287 for Victoria).

Please note that each package reservation payment includes a $30 non-refundable deposit. If at any time you need to cancel your order at least 7 days prior to the pick-up dates, we will issue a full refund minus the $30 non-refundable deposit amount per package. For full details, please review our “PACKAGED BEES & NUCS Terms & Conditions” section in our terms and condition at checkout.

We take full payment at reservation for all packages. This allows for us to better serve you on honeybee package pick-up days, as there are substantially fewer transactions to be completed. We often have over a hundred customers picking-up packages over the course of the few days in Ladner, so we have found this essential in quick and organized service to all customers, while allowing us to take more time with questions as well.

1-9 Packages: $277 each

10-19 Packages: $273 each [Cash, Debit, Cheque or E-transfer Payments Only]

20-49 Packages: $270 each [Cash, Debit, Cheque or E-transfer Payments Only]

50-99 Packages: $266 each [Cash, Debit, Cheque or E-transfer Payments Only]

100+ Packages: Please contact us directly.

Victoria Pick-Up: All package pick-ups in Victoria cost an additional $10 per package.

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Terms & Conditions.

When proceeding to checkout and filling the ‘Billing/Shipping & Payment Details’ page, you will be required to check off “I have read and agree to the website terms and conditions”. You can click on “terms and conditions” to review all details; please thoroughly review the “PACKAGED BEES & NUCS Terms & Conditions” section which is most relevant to your order. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions upon review.

Upon selecting “I have read and agree to the website terms and conditions” and completing your order, Urban Bee Supplies Inc. takes you to have agreed to those Terms & Conditions.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Please also feel free to contact us if you would like to pay via credit card over the phone, or would like to arrange for payment via another method.

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NOTE: Shipping options are disabled for all items if you have honeybee packages in your cart. If you currently have items in your cart that you would like to order shipped, please complete that order first. You can then complete your honeybee package order as a separate transaction.

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Ladner Pick-Up, Victoria Pick-Up