Rewarewa Bush Honey

new zealand rewarewa bush honey
  • 500g$12.00
  • 250g $8.00
new zealand rewarewa honey

Rewarewa is a native timber to Aotearoa, called New Zealand Honeysuckle by early Europeans. It can get as tall as 30 m with a trunk size of 1 m. It is a slender tree found predominantly in the north island, typically at levels below 1000 meters. Its red flower is similar to the bottlebrush and provides plenty of nectar for our bees, usually around Christmas time.

The Beekeeper's Rich Rewarewa comes from a place called Kaiaua, near the firth of Thames. The hives here make honey on the slopes of the Hunua Ranges, the foothills here are grazed largely for sheep and beef, and are crowned by New Zealand bush including Kanuka and cabbage trees.

The honey preserves this unique area, a down-to-earth flavour, the smells of fresh rain on New Zealand bush, the colour of dark golden syrup. We reckon our bees produced a pretty special honey here, quintessentially kiwi! The Beekeeper's favourite way to enjoy this honey is to take out the dinghy and catch a few Kahawai, slather the honey over the cleaned and opened fish with a good amount of salt, then smoke over Kanuka wood chips, Beaut!

The Hunua ranges are looked after by the Auckland Regional Council with more than 14,000 hectares of native bush, the wildlife, in particular the Kokako, is protected and strictly monitored to ensure it stays beautifully New Zealand. Visitors here can check out some great walks through the bush with some hard climbs but stunning views from the top, there's also plenty of opportunity for a swim on one of those sticky-tar summer days.

If bush bashing isn't your thing then Kaiaua as the closest township also has the best fish and chips in New Zealand and places for a coffee or a jellytip. The Beekeeper stops in here (every now and then) for a classic kiwi feed after a hard morning working the hives.

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