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The Process

Mangawhai Honey believes in responsible harvesting. Beautiful honey doesn’t just happen, it’s a careful process of looking after our bees and the environment. It looks a bit like this:
Autumn // Winter:
 During Autumn we check on bee numbers and make sure they’re at a good level to cope when food is limited. Winter is an important time for our bees to stay warm and healthy. We leave some honey stores for the cooler months, and feed a pollen mix to encourage a young brood. 
Spring // Summer:
Our wild habitat in the winterless north allows for rich, potent honey, and Spring is a busy time. Nectar is flowing and the bee numbers are up. Mānuka will flower first in the Spring and come December when the flowering slows down, we remove the first honey boxes – a strong Mānuka honey is the result. Afterwards, when everything is in flower, we add a further box on top to capture our bush blend honey. 
Great taste is one thing, but Mānuka Honey is also nature’s superfood. 
Mānuka is unique to New Zealand, and for hundreds of years Maori have turned to this incredible tree for traditional medicine. 
We can applaud the sweet nectar of Mānuka, and the honey bee for providing the world’s most healthy honey. 

Immune building
Skin enhancing and moisturising
Soothes coughs
Relieves sore throats
Heals burns
Reduces allergies
Soothes ulcers
Heals wounds