What is Manuka Honey?

Put simply, Manuka honey is a rare and unique honey made by bees from the nectar of the New Zealand Manuka tree. The special qualities of Manuka honey come from the Manuka flower nectar. 

But there’s a bit more to it than that… 

Extensive scientific research has shown Manuka honey has remarkable natural qualities that set it apart from other honeys. Not all Manuka honey is equal though, and it requires specialist expertise to be at its natural best.

Manuka honey is only made in New Zealand and only during a few weeks every summer when the Manuka is in flower.  

To capture the nectar flow the beehives must be placed in the wild remote Manuka areas at just the right time, and conditions have to be just right - strong winds will blow the flowers from the plants, while rain keeps the bees from venturing out of their hives. Making Manuka honey is a lot more challenging than common honeys like Clover which grows all year round in backyards everywhere! 

 

What to look for when buying Manuka honey 

We know it can be confusing when shopping for Manuka honey, so we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure you can trust in our products.

Be confident you're getting the real deal

Each jar has a Trust Code - a unique QR code links to that exact jar of honey’s ‘birth certificate’. So no matter where you are in the world you can check right away that your jar of Manuka honey is verified as authentic.

Every batch of our Manuka honey is ‘fingerprinted’ by scientific traceability company Oritain. This means that we can trace any jar of our Manuka honey back to its true origin and confirm it's genuine.

Our Manuka honey is independently tested to rigorous industry standards (set by the New Zealand Government), ensuring each batch is guaranteed to be genuine New Zealand Manuka honey. Only honey that meets these standards can be certified for export and labelled as New Zealand Manuka honey. 

Quality, Purity & Potency Guaranteed

We're experts at making honey. The rich flavour, smooth texture and exceptional properties of our honey is thanks to the collective efforts and close care of our bees, beekeepers, and honey experts throughout the entire process.

UMF & MGO Certification gives the ultimate assurance of quality and potency. Not all Manuka honey is high in MGO (the ingredient that makes Manuka honey so special). The MGO & UMF numbers tell you how much MGO is in the honey and help you choose the right grade for your needs.

Our hives are placed in wild pristine areas with very little risk of contaminants in the environment. But to be absolutely certain we routinely test for pesticides and herbicides including glyphosate residues, and every batch is triple tested to make sure our honey is always of the highest quality and purity.   See our full list of quality accreditations

The Mighty Manuka Tree

New Zealand’s isolated and challenging environment produces plants with powerful protective properties. Our hardy native Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is uniquely adapted to thrive in these demanding conditions and acts as a natural protector and regenerator of the land.  

Manuka has a long history as a respected medicinal plant, traditionally used by the New Zealand Maori people as a remedy. Different parts of the plant are used which all carry the powerful essence of the Manuka tree. It’s the Manuka flower nectar that gives Manuka honey its special qualities. 

Our bees access the very best dense and pristine Manuka areas of New Zealand through our long-term partnerships with landowners who are just as passionate as we are about sustainable honey making and caring for the land.

READ MORE ABOUT OUR LAND PARTNERS