Manuka, Rewarewa and Tawari tree flowers that give the honeys by Manawa Honey NZ
Pua-a-Tane Wild Forest Honey by Manawa Honey NZ - 3 x 500g jars on table
Manawa Honey Nz Beekeeper Riding Horse Check Hives Downriver
Manawa Honey Nz Beekeeper Riding Horse
Manawa Honey Nz Beekeeper Checking Hives Riverside

Pua-a-Tane | Wild Forest Honey

Ideal as a daily elixir for good health in drink or straight from the jar, as a spread on toast or bread, for flavouring and enhancing sweet and savoury dishes in your cooking.

Our forest in Te Urewera is a forest that covers a range of altitudes, soil types and climates. The vegetation is not homogeneous – no two areas are really the same, although there are species that commonly occupy different parts. Further, our indigenous forest trees are renowned for not flowering every year or in clear patterns over time. This makes for outstanding diversity in the honeys that can be harvested from these forests – unique honeys each year from different parts. We celebrate this diversity and uniqueness as the bounty of our God of the Forest.

Pua is the Maori word for flower, blossom or seed and so denotes the essence of life, flourishing and fertility. Tāne is our God of the Forest. He descends from Rangi, our Sky Father, and Papa, our Earth Mother. In our stories of origin, Tāne begat all life in our forests, including all trees, birds and insects, so we see our forests and all in it as his offspring or reflection.

Thus, our fusion of honeys from our forest trees, as the bees make it, has been named by our elders and forest experts as Pua-ā-Tāne – as a reflection of the essence of the life and bounty of our forest.  Each season gives a unique vintage that can include:

  • rewarewa, a special honey tree on our forest hillsides and edges that gives anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
  • tawari, a unique honey tree in groves deep within our forests and high on mountain ridges, that lightens the taste and colour of this forest honey fusion
  • tawhero, a common honey tree on mountain spurs and ridges that gives a stunning sweetness to our honey
  • hinau, a honey tree from the early season
  • kanuka, the cousin to the manuka tree, packed with anti-biotic and anti-oxidant properties
  • and, last but not least, world-famous manuka with all the special health-giving properties it is renowned for.


Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey is ideal for all uses of honey – as a daily elixir for good health in drink or straight from the jar, as a spread on toast or bread, for flavouring and enhancing sweet and savoury dishes in your cooking. We use Pua-ā-Tāne every day for our cool and hot drinks – with lime or lemon, tea or coffee, keeping us in great health throughout the year.  Its taste layers the floral sources of our forests, echoes the diversity of Te Urewera and promises the goodness that only pristine indigenous forest can offer. Its uncanny – it can even leave you wondering just could a simple honey pack such so much, and hey, just where on this planet does this honey come from…

For our first edition of Pua-a-Tane we have chosen to harvest from a remote site called Ohaua-te-rangi in the upper reaches of the Whakatane River. These apiaries are long distances away from domestic and farmed areas, so that we know we will get honey from the forest flower only, free from nectars of domestic and farm areas. To look after these hives, our beekeepers travel by horseback up to two hours each way, so it’s a fun time for them on those days! We treasure the opportunities presented by chasing Pua-a-Tane honey to keep connected with our river, with our forest and with the places of abode of our ancestors.


from our vast untouched forests in Te Urewera – homeland of our tribe Tūhoe.