Unfortunately, with all the changes in our area, the honey-tasting centre has now closed.

Because of this, we have opted to do some honey-tasting at our farm, since our Auckland sheep farm has beehives!

You will be able to taste honey from the Pohutukawa (aka the NZ Christmas tree) as well as the famous Manuka honey. The Pohutukawa tree is very special to us…read why here!

beehives at Coast to Coast Tours Auckland sheep farm  honey bee showing full pollen sacs



The honey from the Manuka tree; (Leptospermum scoparium, and often referred to as ‘Tea tree”), has been used recently as a substitute for antibiotics in fighting ear, nose and throat infections, as well as dressings for burns and slow-to-heal wounds. It’s the UMF (or Unique Manuka Factor) which has the special antibacterial property found in Manuka honey. When honey is diluted, a special enzyme the bees have added produces hydrogen peroxide (a well known antibiotic). Manuka honey has been found to have an antibacterial activity in addition to hydrogen peroxide. No one has discovered the substance involved, so it’s called UMF. Some Manuka honey contains more of this substance than others. The higher the UMF factor, the stronger the properties! Lately, most of the higher UMF honey is going straight to the hospitals for use there.

NOTE: Australian Ti tree is derived from the Australian native plant Meleleuca  alternifolia
and is completely different to NZ Tea tree.

Here is a little video we made showing the Manuka tree seeds