Every season our team carefully plans our harvests, matching the when the Mānuka flowers bloom, to getting our hives filled up with delicious Manuka honey for your enjoyment. Harvest the honey and preparing our honey for you is relatively simple, much like honey.
The Mānuka flower blooms for up to 4 to 6 weeks at different times of the year across New Zealand. Once flowering has finished, the honey is harvested quickly to ensure we get the highest UMF™ grade.
The season for our northern locations – Port Waikato and Coromandel, begins in late November and goes into December. Further south in the Central Plateau and Wairarapa regions, harvest starts in late January to goes through to the end of February.
Once the bees have done their job, the hives are collected and brought back to our extraction plant for the next step.
On average, each hive collects 22kg of Mānuka honey!
Extraction is the process of getting the honey off the hive frames before being placed in jars.
To start the process, we place our hives in our onsite temperature-controlled, warm room set to 30 degrees. Doing this helps the honey slide off the frames in the next stage.
The hives go through the de-boxer station for the frames to go through the Uncapper and Pricker. The Uncapper is for removing the thin beeswax covering the honey frames to expose the honey. The Pricker loosens the honey on the frames before placed in the Extractor.
The Extractor is a big spinner, where the honey is released and pumped through to be homogenised, then placed into drums for storage.
During this entire process, the room smells delicious for those with a sweet tooth!
Our full range of Manuka honeys has our signature characteristics of thick and velvety texture, herbaceous aromas, and mineral, caramel flavours. By purchasing any of our Three Peaks® Manuka honey you can be assured at every step of our process, every jar is handled with care, is traceable and certified as Manuka honey.