We have been building our intimate knowledge of beekeeping for over 27 years – since the day an elderly gentleman gifted Darren Clifford his first hive when he was just 14 years old.
Six years later, through hard work and ingenuity, raw honey from 500 hives was being sold for processing – but this was just the beginning.In 2003 we began processing our own honey and our success in sourcing and producing high quality honey won the respect and trust of other beekeepers – soon they were asking us to process their honey too.
Each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our company. Honey is the fruition of our work, care and passion. Its integrity is key.
It is this land that’s at the heart of what we do. We can’t have healthy hives and bees without a healthy environment.
Taylor Pass, Marlborough is home base – our own hive of activity. The place where it all began and where the magic still happens today. It’s here our extraction plant, packaging plant, bulk storage and dispatch work together to bring the taste of the untouched south to market.
Marlborough is situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. It is blessed with a year round sunny climate and regularly records the highest sunshine hours for New Zealand. A perfect storm of nature and climate which combines to produce some of the finest quality Manuka Honey in the world.
There are three distinct sub regions to the Marlborough region:
The Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. This area produces predominantly Manuka Honey.
The Nelson Lakes National Park is an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes. This area produces predominantly Honey Dew, Bush Honey and Manuka Honey.
Standing proud at the head of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku - the highest peak outside of New Zealand’s Main Divide. Gouged out by ancient glaciers, the Awatere Valley is the most geographically distinct sub-region with its snow-capped peaks, rolling hills and vast tussock landscapes. As a result, this area produces a large variety of honeys, including Clover, Blue Borage and Wild Flower.
Central Otago is a place of vivid beauty with its mountainous extremes, wilderness of glaciers and alpine lakes. This area produces the South Island’s finest quality export grade Clover Honey along with Blue Borage and Comb Honey.
There are parts of the West Coast of the South Island where you can’t see another house, power line or sign of civilisation for miles around. This is the old country. Unsurpassed natural beauty - untouched beaches and rugged glacial river valleys. Everywhere you look, Westland rainforest tumbles across the landscape. This area produces predominantly Rata, Kamahi and Native Bush Honey.
The UMF Honey Trademark is an internationally recognized, verifiable quality trademark which is supported by research on Manuka honey (Leptospermum scoparium). The UMF® rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Manuka Honey, and assures purity & quality.
Oritain is a global leader in scientifically proving where food comes from. They exist to protect the reputations of their customers by identifying and mitigating well known risks in the food supply chain.
MPI is the gateway to government for people and businesses involved in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, animal welfare, aquaculture, biosecurity, fisheries and food safety. They act as a negotiator, a certifier, a facilitator, a regulator, an adviser and a partner to support and enhance New Zealand’s global reputation for primary products.
Betta Bees Research Limited runs New Zealand's leading Italian honeybee livestock improvement programme. They operate a science based, closed population breeding programme using traditional and molecular selection techniques