Our Story

SummerGlow Apiaries Ltd is a family owned and operated New Zealand beekeeping company established in 1976 by husband and wife team, Bill and Margaret Bennett.

Good People. Great Honey. Real Honest Manuka.

Bill's uncle, Norman Tuck, took up beekeeping in the Waikato, New Zealand, in the early 1940's. Bill helped his uncle during his school holidays in the early 1960's. Through working alongside his uncle Bill developed a deep appreciation of beekeeping and of the health-giving qualities of honey. During his high school years Bill ran his own hives in his parent's backyard and kept his family well-supplied with home-grown honey.

In 1976 Bill took up beekeeping fulltime and with his wife, Margaret, established SummerGlow Apiaries Ltd running about 600 hives.

In 2010 and 2011 their son, Alan Bennett, and son-in-law, James Jeffery, joined the company giving the business growth and continuation for many years ahead.

Our family has been beekeeping and producing honey from New Zealand's beautiful native bush and pastureland for over 45 years.

"We really know our honey". We now have more than 3500 beehives located in the greater Waikato region, in the pristine bush areas of the northern King Country and in the remote Forgotten World region of North Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand.

We specialize in the production of high grade UMF16+ Manuka Honey which, for the past 26 years, we have sent directly to customers worldwide.

In 1998 Bill and Margaret pioneered the establishment of the now highly-revered and trusted quality trademark UMF®.

We were the very first to differentiate between the two types of manuka honey and the first to make high grade UMF16+ Manuka Honey available to people who could benefit from its unique properties.

UMF License Number #1001

In 1995 we were the very first to differentiate between the two types of manuka honey and the first to make high grade UMF16+ Manuka Honey available to people who could benefit from its unique qualities.

Our UMF Licence number 1001, being the first ever issued, shows our dedication to and historical involvement with this very special honey.

We send our Genuine New Zealand Manuka Honey UMF16+ direct from us the Producers here in New Zealand to you the Consumer.

Our Vision

"To see people worldwide experience the unique qualities of genuine high grade Manuka Honey... because we care!"

Our Key People

Bill & Margaret Bennett

Founders, Owners and Directors

Alan Bennett

Head Beekeeper, Company Manager

James Jeffery

Compliance Manager, Beekeeper, Company Manager


Office Manager


Ecommerce / Dispatch Manager






Head Store-person, Honey Extraction Manager




Trainee Beekeeper


Trainee Beekeeper

Our Own Place

We are based at Te Kowhai, a small township about 8km northwest of Hamilton.

Our beehives are located throughout the greater Waikato area and in the remote inland King Country and Taranaki areas.

We place our beehives in different geographic regions for different floral types of honey from New Zealand's pristine native bush and lush green farmland.  Our hives produce honey from manuka, kanuka, rewarewa, kamahi, and pasture.

Our Manuka

Every drop of our manuka honey is produced by our own bees from manuka areas which we own and in which we have had hives for the past 43 years.

SummerGlow Manuka
Our Own Land

Bill and Margaret Bennett, founders of SummerGlow Apiaries Ltd, own 1640 acres of manuka-growing land on which we place our hives for the production of high grade manuka honey.

Our manuka grows wild in its natural state, not in man-made plantations but on spray-free, chemical-free protected conservation wetlands and on the very steep hillsides of some of New Zealand's most remote wilderness areas in the isolated Forgotten World area of North Taranaki.

Our Own Single Source Honey

All the honey we sell is produced by our own bees from manuka areas and native bush areas which we own and in which we have had hives for the past 45 years.   We do not buy honey from any other beekeepers.

We have full control of the quality and purity of all the honey we sell.  We know exactly where our honey comes from.  

"The Lord Is Our Light And Our Salvation"

This is Really Good Quality Honey

Based on 123 reviews

SummerGlow Mānuka Honey UMF™ 16+ (MGO570mg/kg) 250g

Digestive Health

My son gave me Manuka Honey when I had COVID and my recovery time was much faster than the two week norm. I noticed my digestive health improved so I ordered more. I swear by Manuka Honey and its health benefits.

SummerGlow Mānuka Honey UMF™ 16+ (MGO 570mg/kg) 500g


I am trying this honey to see how if makes my gut feel after hearing the owners on country life

Throat Spray made with NZ Propolis and UMF10+ Manuka Honey
Fareeda Cassumbhoy (Central, HK)

Fast overseas delivery and genuine product

Skin care cream

I love the feel of this product on my skin. Smells amazing too


شكرًا لكم


Honey is very delicious and useful for colds and coughs. It also raises immunity. Thank you for this delicious natural honey. We wish you more.. But there is a problem with delivery. Thank you, I love your honey and have been dealing with you for a long time, but I lost my account and had to make a new account

NZ Multifloral Pollen Granules
Paul Renner (Ross, NZ)

Very Fast delivery, well packaged, tides product , Thanks

Hand Cream Instant Moisture
G King (Sydney, AU)

I love the instant softness and the fragrance, the best moisturiser I’ve ever used.

😍Love this Manuka Honey

This Manuka Honey was recommended to me by my nephew many years ago.I take a spoonful every morning . I feel energetic and do not have score throat problem.

Great product

The 16+ is great. Works wonders with hard to heal areas on the skin.

Great Honey

I found this through an internet search and they did not disappoint! The only place I now buy honey from.

SummerGlow Mānuka Honey UMF™ 16+ 500g

SummerGlow Mānuka Honey UMF™ 16+ 500g

SummerGlow Mānuka Honey UMF™ 16+ 500g

Best honey

Sunmerglow honey is the best honey!
I have been ordered it more than 20 years for my dad’s stomach problem. My dad cannot live without it and he loves.

Love it!!!!

I love SummerGlow Manuka Honey very much!!! Unfortunately shipping to the USA makes it too expensive and there are never coupons. I hope it will change so I can buy it all the time. Thanks.

Excellent and relable

The product is reloable and very good.


Bought this for my mum and she loved it! Thank you

Best Manuka Honey by Far

SummerGlow Manuka Honey is the best honey out there. i will definitely keep purchasing this product.


Through the years, we always ordered our Manuka Honey from SummerGlow Apiaries. Extremely high quality product(with UMF certificate and proof of authenticity to back it up), amazing taste, fair prices and great customer service! This my friends is a recipe on how to be a successful company! Thank you very much for taking such great care of your costumers. Know that we will always order or Manuka honey from you guys!

Suzanne Gauthier and Danielle Prieto
Canberra, ACT

Wonderful product

Looks like it’s starting to clear up my foot fungus. Works great on my face and I give some to my family members and they love it


Takes little time to receive, but it’s Worth it

Antibacterial Wound Gel
Sandra Godecker (Lexington, US)

I have NOT received it!