Iron sand shores, thick bush with steamy peat floors, rich sandy volcanic soil ideal for the flourishing Mānuka surrounding a mystical lonely mountain. This is Taranaki.
Taranaki means 'Gliding Peak'. After a titanic battle been the great volcanoes Tongariro, Ruapehu and Ngāuruhoe, the defeated Taranaki fled west towards the setting sun forming the deep gorges of the Whanganui River. When Taranaki covers himself with rainclouds, he is said to be crying for his lost love.
Henry Matthews is what you call a real kiwi bloke. He owns and manages over 22 thousand acres of isolated native bush in Waitotara Valley in the Taranaki region. This is the kind of land that postcards are made of. He's lived in this area all his life and loves the space and peace that comes from being surrounded by nature.
Together with Watson & Son, Henry has placed thousands of hives on areas of his land dense with Mānuka bush. These remote, rugged areas require some extreme off-road experiences for our beekeepers - but the pay-off is well worth it with amazing high quality and active honey.
Henry takes a keen interest in the management of the hives on his land, and loves watching the helicopters arrive to lift full honey boxes out of his isolated land.
"… 20 years ago, I wouldn't have thought I'd be seeing beehives lifted from the farm, it's amazing to see how far the Mānuka Honey industry has come in New Zealand. I'm happy to be a part of producing such a great product… a piece of our land being shared around the world."
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