A video has captured a huge swarm of bees taking over a shelter outside a popular Auckland shopping centre.
Pukekohe streetgoers were forced to hide as local businesses closed their doors at windows to keep the insects outside.
Tom Thorn, who was in the area at the time taking videos, told Stuff.co.nz the creatures were fascinating.
A video has captured a huge swarm of bees taking over a pedestrian shelter in Auckland (pictured)
Streetgoers were forced to hide their faces and local businesses shut their doors
'Just look at them, they are amazing - absolutely incredible,' he said.
Beekeeper Leigh Reti was first alerted to their presence after spotting a post on Facebook.
'People are scared of bees and they don't know what they are doing with them,' she