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 124 reviews
Manuka Honey 250 gram

Love this honey and the outstanding service received every time we order highly recommended

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 500g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Robert Ramirez (Lancaster, US)

The best manuka honey, and I've tried several.

UMF™ 22+ Mānuka Honey 250g (MGO 970mg/kg)
Robert Ramirez (Lancaster, US)
Manuka worlds greatest honey

I have tryed many manuka honeys thid if by far one of the best tasting . Thanks for the honey. Summer glow 👍

Awesome taste

This was the first time we had tried these! We love the taste & that there
are not extra ingredients in them that are unhealthy. Great product, thank you!

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 500g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Tracie Kretzschmar (Dallas, US)
Awesome quality

I have been purchasing this honey for awhile & am very satisfied with the
quality of the products. The honey is excellent for hot tea, iced tea, or even
use on skin abrasions.
We will definitely continue to purchase into the future! Unique products, thank you!


Daily Face Moisturiser - antioxdant KiwiFruit with rosehip oil

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 250g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Brittany Welch (New Milford, US)

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 250g (MGO 570mg/kg)

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 500g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Ritsuko Watanabe (Kawasaki, JP)
I liked it

I use your Manuka honey more than three years
I appreciate your product



UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 250g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Marit Rønning (Steinkjer, NO)
Best honey ever! <3

I am so glad that I picked up the tip through "Raincountry" on youtube about this great honey! and so lucky you ship to Norway! I just love this honey! I take a teaspoon when I feel groggy, and if the throuth gets a little "clogged up" I also find its great to speed up healing-prosess when different issues and scratches on my skin, if needed


Stopped the cough for two hours or more.

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 500g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Linda Kimball (New Port Richey, US)
No product like it

The honey and lozenges cured my husbands throat when nothing else would help. We bought a medical salve for curing wounds 20 years and it worked. Recommended by a physician the treated my son. No product like any we’re used. Linda


Very pleased with the Manuka Honey cough drops and the Manuka Honey Summer Glow

Rewarewa Honey 500g
Sultan Ahmed Purahoo (Taipei, TW)
Rewarewa Honey 500g

Like its special flavour. Have been using it for quite a while to replace the sugar for my coffee and a table spoon of it in a glass of water before bedtime as a detox.


Smells great and not greasy at all. It soaked right in my skin and the rash disappeared.

Manuka Honey 16+

very good and healthy honey, and most importantly real, because there are a lot of fakes sold all over the world. And the service is excellent and for many years we have been buying only this honey.

Awesome Merchant

Fast and reliable.

Manuka Kiss Lip Balm with SPF15
Peggy Voelker (Waterloo, US)
More than a lip balm

I find that it works great around the eyes for really dry skin, so I use it on my lips and around my eyes. Love these products.

Best dry skin product I have ever used

Love this product, not perfumy and my skin feels so good. I get many compliments on my skin. I am 63 years old. I wish it was available in the states but worth the shipping cost.

Super product!

I have been ordering this honey for several years now, the whole family has recovered from the bacteria in the stomach and now we maintain our health and strengthen our immunity with this honey. He is the cure for all diseases.

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 250g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Fiona Ashenden (Lower Hutt, NZ)

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.

UMF™ 16+ Mānuka Honey 500g (MGO 570mg/kg)
Aurora Sheridan (Brisbane, AU)

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