We are

A boutique family owned and operated New Zealand honey producer specialising in premium quality Manuka honey. 100% of our honey comes exclusively from the hives on our land.

We don’t sell high volumes, we don’t sell low quality - and nothing but the best will do. This does mean that in a tough season we have less honey available, and perhaps we are not maximising our market share - there are two reasons for this model, the first of course is that we like being boutique - we love the land and don't want to end up in a glass tower.

The second is that we provide trust. If you buy our products you know what you are buying, you know where it comes from and you know it is real.

We are proud of our products, and all of our Manuka honey is analysed by an accredited New Zealand laboratory, and we provide the results online for every MG rated pot we sell.

Our land

Is located on Underhill road, joining the beech forest clad mountains of Taraura ranges to the windswept plains of the Southern Wairarapa.

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Our History

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Begins after the second world war when the hills of our farm were burnt and cleared for grazing. Eventually it became apparent even to the tough farmers of the time that the land was to steep, the soil to thin, the alpine climate too harsh. The land could not be tamed, and was left to heal.

Due to the harsh environment the land took a long time to recover. Over many years grasses and tussock gave way to gorse and tahwhini, which were in turn slowly outcompeted by the famously hardy Manuka forest that covers almost all of our hill country today.

In another 50 years the Manuka will be overtaken by Kanuka, and finally towering Beech trees - but for now, we have the perfect environment to produce premium quality Manuka honey.

How do we get such pure honey?

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Bees fly uphill to gather nectar and downhill to fly back home. The reason for this is simple logistics - when they are weighed down with nectar flying uphill is hard work.

Our manuka forests cover the highlands of our property. So when the Manuka begins to flower, that’s where we put our hives. In effect we're putting our hives on an island of Manuka, ensuring an exceptionally pure harvest.

MGO and UMF Ratings

Most genuine high-grade manuka honey from New Zealand includes a UMF rating on the label. Some honey producers instead use an MG or MGO rating. Honeys without a UMF or MG/MGO rating are generally low-grade honey without the beneficial characteristics that have made premium manuka honey so much in demand.

NPA stands for non-peroxide activity, the property that makes certain grades of UMF and MGO manuka honey special. Those manuka honeys that carry only a ‘total activity’ or ‘peroxide activity’ rating do not have this special NPA property and should be considered low-grade honey.

UMF ratings are based on specific natural markers characteristic of manuka honey, such as leptosperin and methylglyoxal. UMF ratings correspond to the potency of the desirable NPA properties of honey. Typically honey with NPA between 5 and 9.9 are labelled UMF 5+, honey with NPA ratings between 10.0 and 14.9 are rated UMF 10+, and so on.

MGO is methylglyoxal, sometimes referred to as MG.

Use this table to convert between manuka honey UMF, MGO and NPA ratings.

UMF Rating Minimum MGO* Methylglyoxal Minimum NPA** Non-Peroxide Activity
- 30 2.7
UMF 5+ 83 5.0
UMF 5+ 100 5.6
UMF 5+ 250 9.7
UMF 10+ 263 10.0
UMF 12+ 354 12.0
UMF 12+ 400 12.9
UMF 15+ 514 15.0
UMF 15+ 550 15.6
UMF 18+ 692 18.0
UMF 20+ 829 20.0

* MGO is measured as mg/kg (ppm)
** NPA is measured as % solution (%w/v) of phenol/water