On Monday I did a 45 hour day, from 6 AM till 3 AM Wednesday, moving beehives across the country.

I’ve never been so devastatingly tired – still haven’t really got over it. I was reading in the NY Times and it turns out the sleep deprivation we had was far over the limits for torture in the States.

Anyway when I see you I’ll be happy to go on about how tough it was, but here’s a copy of the post from a client’s site…

In the end we made a quick decision and went on Monday afternoon.

We left Te Puke at 5 PM and got out to Lottin Point at 8:30, just on dusk.

Loading your beehive.

By 10:30 we had all the hives loaded up and were ready to head back along the coast.

About to ford the stream as we leave.

One of the guys noticed we had a puncture on the trailer. Unfortunately in the hurry to leave *somebody* forgot the spare. We pumped it up, and decided to try and carry on.

After a couple of hours the tyre was shredded. We limped on and luckily just came into a patch of cell phone coverage on the coast. Melanie – Darcy’s wife – brought us the spare so we waited there for two hours while she came.

By then it was 3 AM. We drove on and reached the start of the Forgotten Highway at 8:30 AM

We drive about three hours along the Forgotten Highway. It’s windy. Really windy. It varies between tracks through the native forest and climbing saddles of farmland.

Through the dirt tunnel. It was built in 1936 and is 180m long.

Just before we got to Whangamomona we had to turn off and pick up a quad bike for ferrying the beehives. Our second ute overheated on a little back road. So we had to leave it and continue the rest of the trip with two guys in the good ute and two on the quad bike.

We got to Whagamomona about lunch time.

This is the sign warning you that you shouldn’t use the road. We carried on several more kilometres.

It ‘s a rough road.

Here we are at our base camp. We had to offload the beehives so we could recover the other ute.

Once we got back we started ferrying the hives across the swing bridge with the quad bikes.

The swing bridge is the start of a private farm, we moved your hive several kilometres up this track. There’s no other beehives for miles, and there’s masses of Manuka trees.

We came to a slip, and you don’t want to be very close to that edge, so the guys had to break up the rocks and throw them over the cliff.

Unloading in what has got to be one of the most remote apiaries in the world.

Finally in their new home.

Your beehive.

Some of the Manuka. There is hill after hill of forest.

We were all done moving hives at 8:30 PM. We got back to Te Puke at 2 AM.

It was a marathon effort. With all the mishaps the trip took 33 hours, which meant we were up for 45 hours with only a couple hours of broken sleep in the cabs.

There’s some fairly interesting footage for the DVD about your hives season!