With more than 1900ha of wild Mānuka, the Owhaoko A Lands are a beekeeper's dream!
Mānuka (Leptospermum Scoparium) is a native plant to New Zealand.
During the summer months, around 1200 beehives are flown by helicopter onto A block land dense in mānuka bush.
Literally millions of bees will feed on the flowering Mānuka.
Bees will forage mainly on mānuka nectar as very few other plants are flowering, during which time, the bees need to work extra hard as the mānuka flower is very small.
The Trust partners with Westervelt Honey Ltd in Turangi and Mana Kai Honey Extraction in Northland.