Monday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Tuesday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Wednesday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Thursday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Friday9:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Saturday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Sunday10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The Crossing 166 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

021 915 217

Nestled in the corner of The Crossing precinct in Christchurch, you’ll find Colony, mighty fine purveyors of all things honey. The family-owned and operated business has been around for five generations and shares its legendary expertise in this golden sweet nectar at their special store. 

When Johan, who hailed from Denmark and Louisa from Prussia married in a Bendigo Goldfield in 1868 Central Otago, they were unknowingly beginning a family legacy that is very much alive today. After the couple opened a successful general store in Thames, two of Johan and Louisa’s children became fanatical beekeepers. The tradition and love of bees, were passed down through their descendants including Colony founder and resident "honeymeister", Kris Jansen. 

Colony is beautifully presented, almost reminiscent of a general store (a nod to its roots) with floor to ceiling wooden shelves evoking days of old. Look out for vintage honey tins and antique honey pots dotted amongst the vast range of bee products. Shelf after shelf is adorned with different products including honey skincare, beeswax candles, raw honey and, of course, mead. The latter has proved incredibly popular, not least, due to the delicious flavour profiles created by some of the best artisan mead makers around the country. Winterlude is Colony’s bestselling mead, a rich full-bodied sweet mead made from manuka and bush honey that can be enjoyed both cold or warmed.  

If you fancy a sample, you can book a tasting session in-store for you and your friends. You’ll get to sniff and sip a delectable variety of meads as well as taste their unmistakable and iconic honey liqueur, made from West Coast honey (you’ll probably end up taking a bottle home with you, we did!).

Words by Kelly Tapper & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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The Crossing 166 Cashel Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

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