Taylor Pass in New Zealand is a gateway to some of the world’s wildest regions; remote and pristine places to treasure and preserve.
In the crisp mountain air, hidden valleys, kissed by sunlight, hum with the songs of abundant nature, and for brief periods native trees like Manuka and Rata blossom and wildflowers bloom. Here our beekeepers work in harmony with the rhythm of the environment, letting nature guide them. Through respectful partnership and the lightest of touches, they take care of the land and ensure our bees are some of the healthiest in the world.
Each jar of Taylor Pass Honey tells a story of the land and the flowers that bloomed. Purity, authenticity, and origins are fully traceable. Our Manuka Honeys are also given a certified Unique Manuka Factor (UMF®) trust mark rating for healing potency.
We invite you to savour the delightfully unique qualities of Taylor Pass Honey and taste a world of good.
Our Sustainability Journey
We are committed to being a force for good. Good for you and the planet.
Inspired by our bees who have the lightest footprint on their environment, our sustainability mission is at the core of every step we take.
From our sustainable beekeeping practices, focused on maintaining the fragile balance of the natural ecosystem we live in, to producing a delicious superfood which enhances the wellness of our community.
Each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our company. Honey is the fruition of our work, care and passion. Its integrity is key.
It’s work that comes naturally to all of us here at Taylor Pass: whether a beekeeper, scientist, technician, landowner or truck driver – every job matters. We actively encourage staff, suppliers and other key stakeholders to share their ideas – they are after all the foundation of the company.
We have strong relationships with the landowners who house our hives, and treat their properties with the respect and care we do our own. While caring for our hives and bees, we ensure the minimum amount of impact on their lives, land and businesses. Excellence and continuous improvement are applied across the business.
The way we see it, it’s all connected: This unique land, the bees and us – we have a responsibility to look after it all and, if we do, our communities will thrive; we will be able to hand a better world on to the next generation.
Taylor Pass, Marlborough is home base – our own hive of activity. The place where it all began and where the magic still happens today. It’s here our extraction plant, packaging plant, bulk storage and dispatch work together to bring the taste of the untouched south to market.
Marlborough is situated at the north-eastern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. It is blessed with a year round sunny climate and regularly records the highest sunshine hours for New Zealand. A perfect storm of nature and climate which combines to produce some of the finest quality Manuka Honey in the world.
There are three distinct sub regions to the Marlborough region:
The Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. This area produces predominantly Manuka Honey.
The Nelson Lakes National Park is an enchanting alpine landscape of rugged peaks, forests and stunning glacial lakes. This area produces predominantly Honey Dew, Bush Honey and Manuka Honey.
Standing proud at the head of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley is Mount Tapuae-o-uenuku - the highest peak outside of New Zealand’s Main Divide. Gouged out by ancient glaciers, the AwatereValley is the most geographically distinct sub-region with its snow-capped peaks, rolling hills and vast tussock landscapes. As a result, this area produces a large variety of honeys, including Clover, Blue Borage and Wild Flower.
Central Otago is a place of vivid beauty with its mountainous extremes, wilderness of glaciers and alpine lakes. This area produces the South Island’s finest quality export grade Clover Honey along with Blue Borage and Comb Honey.
There are parts of the West Coast of the South Island where you can’t see another house, power line or sign of civilisation for miles around. This is the old country. Unsurpassed natural beauty - untouched beaches and rugged glacial river valleys. Everywhere you look, Westland rainforest tumbles across the landscape. This area produces predominantly Rata, Kamahi and Native Bush Honey.
The UMF Honey Trademark is an internationally recognized, verifiable quality trademark which is supported by research on Mānuka honey (Lepospermum scoifiable). The UMF rating is a measure of the attributes and values that make up Mānuka Honey, and assures purity & quality.
Oritain is a global leader in scientifically proving where food comes from. They exist to protect the reputations of their customers by identifying and mitigating well known risks in the food supply chain.
The FernMark Licence Programme helps promote and protect New Zealand products and services on a global scale. The Programme gives Licensees the right to carry the FernMark, a trademark that is used by the New Zealand government departments across the world.
The Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply. Taylor Pass Honey Co's full range has been verified Non-GMO through the Non-GMO Project.
Apiculture New Zealand lobby and work with government on issues relating to maintaining bee health, enhancing biosecurity and improving research that will help to support New Zealand beekeepers.
Betta Bees Research Limited runs New Zealand's leading Italian honeybee livestock improvement programme. They operate a science based, closed population breeding programme using traditional and molecular selction techniques.