Bees are critical to world agriculture playing a vital role in pollination of crops and pasture species as well as horticulture and forestry. Thanks to New Zealand's strict biosecurity regulations and its isolation and border controls, many of the problems that have impacted on bee populations in the northern hemisphere have not affected this country.
None the less, the NZ bee industry practices the highest standards of disease prevention and hive health and consequently honey exports from New Zealand are highly sought after and command international premiums.
A huge variety of flavours are produced here depending on the dominant crop the nectar is sourced from. There is strong international demand for honey containing nectar collected from the NZ native plant Manuka. The anti-biotic properties of the manuka plant has been known to Maori for generations in wound healing and as an internal tonic.
Manuka honey is highly sought after and High Peak has large areas of manuka plants growing naturally. Combined with honey dew from native beech trees, this makes for a unique high country honey. READ MORE.