Rewarewa Honey
Rewarewa (Knightsia excelsa) is our indigenous honeysuckle tree that
gives an outstanding honey rich in taste, antibiotic properties and anti-
Address: 363a Mataatua Road Ruatahuna 3046 New Zealand
Phone:+64 7 3663 166

Take a look at  our story and views
on "Trees for Bees" at a conference
for this kaupapa (2014)
The story of Manawa Honey NZ is featured
here in Project Whenua, an educational
series from Maori TV (2014)
Take a look at the story of Manawa
Honey NZ  featured in this ‘Marae’
programme (2014)
Tuawhenua Trust (that owns Manawa Honey
NZ), along with Landcare Research, sends
our researcher to Antarctica (2014)
Tuawhenua Trust sends matauranga experts
to global indigenous knowledge on pollination
workshop in Panama City (2014)
Manawa Honey features again in this
programme from Mataora  (2014)
Rewarewa honey has a beautiful deep reddish amber colour and a rich,
full-bodied taste. Use daily straight from the jar, or in tonic drinks.
Rewarewa is especially favoured by chefs for use in savoury and dessert
dishes to create culinary delights!
Rewarewa honey is known to have the highest hydrogen peroxide activity
of any honey which helps in healing and fighting bacteria. It is also high in
anti-oxidant for helping the body avoid cancer, and like all honeys, it is
great for energy and general health-giving.
Traditionally, the nectar of the rewarewa tree was collected by our
ancestors for a sweetener as it contains about 45% sugars - a true
honeysuckle! The inner bark was used for bandaging over wounds to
check bleeding and help in healing.
Rewarewa grows in groves in well-lit parts of our forest, and stands above
the forest shrubbery as a fine tree of up to 30 metres in height. The
flowers are clustered together on stalks with about 50-80 flowers in each
cluster. The flower is designed for pollination by birds such as tui and
bellbird, so it gives a bounty of nectar which our bees find to make this
delicious honey.