Gett’n in the manuka

If you know anything about New Zealand, or about honey, then you know about the famous manuka honey. As it happens, there are some hives at my place in NZ which yield some pretty good manuka honey.


So I’m replanting some of the land with manuka bushes… Manuka, in case you haven’t seen it, has a beautiful flower and right now it’s spring so the manuka bushes are all in flower at the moment.


Its a beautiful thing. I also have some grass on my land that I’m trying to get rid of, so I ran across the harbor today to Ahipara and bought 75 saplings.


And my neighbor Patrick, who has been doing some work on my land, has been digging them in.


Most of the larger shrubs to the immediate left of Patrick are manuka bushes around 3-5 years old. You can see some flowers on them. The really big ones at the back left I think might be 15 years old or so. Manuka can get big, it sort of transforms from a nice bushy bush to a wild twisty tree when it gets older. They can get quite huge. Anyways, in 2 years or so I should have a little 3-4ft manuka forest out there 🙂

Hi Honey, I’m Home!

I’ve been sick the last week and slowly on the way to recovery. Thankfully today I was able to pick up some manuka honey that comes from the hives I have on my property in NZ. The hives are looked after by the good people at Coogzen Lodge down the road and I get a % of the honey produced. Works for me…seems this year they harvested 85kgs of honey, which means I get 10kg!


The honey is manuka, which is the best honey ever. Legendary for its healing properties but also just the best tasting honey around. Pictured here are the actual manuka bushes that the bees have been feasting on.


And a quick shot of the hives, note the young cabbage tree in the foreground!


I just had my first lemon and honey drink for the season. Feel better already!