Our Land & Our Bees


Our Land

New Zealand’s unique and isolated environment creates plant life with powerful natural bioactives that have remarkable health transforming potential.

The Magic of Manuka

The native Manuka tree (Leptospermum scoparium) is uniquely adapted to thrive in New Zealand’s challenging natural environment. Hardy and resilient, Manuka 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 an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and healing remedy especially for digestive, oral, and skin ailments.

Manuka honey’s special qualities come from the Manuka flower nectar, which contributes unique natural compounds that make Manuka honey so different from other honeys. 

New Zealand Propolis Bioactives

Propolis is one of nature’s most powerful compounds – made by bees to protect their hive, propolis is a unique combination of plant resins and bee ingenuity.

New Zealand’s high UV exposure forges plants with high levels of protective antioxidants which are concentrated in New Zealand propolis. Our research has identified the most bioactive (active in the body) of these antioxidants which are contained in guaranteed levels in our BIO™ New Zealand Propolis to deliver proven immune support and antioxidant protection.

Our Bees

Our hardworking bees are looked after year-round by a team of equally hardworking beekeepers.

Manuka Health has a bee health program in place covering all our hives, and our Beekeeping Advisory Group ensure best practice in our beekeeping operations.

An integrated pest management plan protects the hives against pests (without the use of antibiotics).

After the Manuka has flowered and the honey has been harvested, the bees are brought closer to home for our beekeepers to routinely monitor them and keep them healthy throughout the winter. The hives are carefully placed to ensure the bees have access to water and food, and supplementary feeding is provided by the beekeeper during winter to keep the bees well nourished until the Manuka blooms again in summer.

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