(replaces the Vanilla Bee range / same great honey aroma and ingredients…just new packaging)

A true story…….

Great Barrier Island is located just off the coast of Auckland and is proudly the home of the first commercial beekeeping activities in New Zealand around “1880”.

It was here the beekeepers would access the beehives on horseback to transport the raw honey comb out of the bush to their honey sheds. They would then utilise an old Kauri honey press to extract the honey and put into tin pots. The remaining beeswax was then gently heated and melted with wooden boards dipped in and out to create a sheet of wax.

It was then passed through a unique foundation wax roller, to form new foundation wax sheets, that were reset into the wooden frames and later placed back in the beehives to start the cycle again.

The potted-up honey was then placed on a horse cart and taken to the other side of the island, where it was then shipped back to Auckland on the “Rosella”, known as “The Honey Boat” skippered by the Blackwell’s.

Today we are proud to be the custodians of the old honey press and recently the Rosella, which is all part of a true Kiwi story that inspired the Great Barrier Island Bee Co and our unique new “Manuka Honey 1880” body care range.


Having regularly visited “the Barrier” for over 20 years I have developed a great understanding and appreciation for its unique environment and the history it holds. Through respect to the pioneers and those who currently work the land we have created every iconic New Zealand range which is a reflection of this special place and all it has to offer
The focus is on providing products which assist to repair and protect the skin. All utilize quality formulations with our active  Manuka Honey (UMF15) being blended with other beneficial “skin soothing” ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Propolis, Royal Jelly and Olive Oil. Please enjoy .

If you would like to learn more about the research  Manuka Honey or Great Barrier Island please click on Links below
The full story behind The Great barrier Island Bee Co
Manuka Honey Research at Waikato University
Bee Keeping History on Great Barrier Island

Help from the hive

Harvesting  Manuka Honey
In early spring during the months of September and October the Manuka trees burst into flower . Around parts of the island it almost looks like snow has fallen !. This is an incredible sight and marks the beginning of what is known as the “honey flow” as bees begin there collection from the Manuka  flowers and deposit in carefully placed bee hives . The actual harvest and extraction of the honey normally starts about December and carries through to around late February pending seasonal conditions.

Manuka Honey
(Leptospermum Scoparium Mel)

Manuka honey is well proven to have  unique antibacterial properties combined with the ability to be able to soothe and heal dry and damaged skin .This makes it  a very important ingredient for the Earths Botanics.Collected from native Manuka trees on Great Barrier Island

Manuka Honey Research at Waikato University

Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly is a milky like substance created by the worker Bees. The Jelly is secreted from glands in the Bee’s head. It is known as Bees Milk. (a bit like Colostrum from a cow) It is made for the nourishment of the Queen Bee. It is also fed in small quantities to all larvae in the colony during the first 2-3days of their development.
Benefits when using Royal Jelly

  • Contains some of the most essential nutrients like minerals, enzymes and amino acids.
  • With regular use Royal Jelly may assist with more firmer and elastic skin.
  • May also assist with a softer and smoother feel.
  • Generally accepted as being nourishing and stimulating

The Bee’s collect resinous sap from trees and plants and bring back to the hive, where they combine it with their own secretions and form a glue-like mixture known as Propolis. The Bee’s use Propolis to protect the hive from infections and moisture lost.
Benefits when using Propolis

  • Retains Moisture.
  • Leaves a protective barrier.
  • Also has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities in addition to its wound healing

Beeswax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees. Typically, for a honey bee keeper, 10 kg of honey yields 1 kg of wax.
Benefits when using beeswax

  • Is an excellent emollient and support for moisturisers
  • It gives skin protective action and increases the protective action of sunscreens
  • It provides greater permanence on skin and lip surfaces

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The Great Barrier Island Bee Co lotion is the absolutely best thing I have ever put on my VERY difficult skin
Vicki, NZ

I bought your Great Barrier Island manuka honey soothing lip balm and it’s the first lip treatment that has soothed damaged lips without causing a reaction
Annie NZ

A few months ago now I bought a tin of hand cream Les Blackwell’s manuka honey & lemongrass. Fantastic product, I work as a raft guide in Queenstown on the Shotover river, a very silty river that dry your hands every day, that cream work so well for me.
John, NZ

Over the Christmas period I was visiting a relative up in Bright Victoria (Australia) and picked up some of your Great Barrier Island Bee Co moisturizing cream in a pump pack This helped me enormously with my psoriasis however due to the fact that I was using it all over I ran out in a two and half week period. 
Denise, Australia

My daughter sent me some manuka honey hand cream.  This product is fantastic for very dry hands that do gardening as well as chores around the house. I use it once a day and if needed at night. However I am unable to buy it in England.
Carol, UK

I bought some of this while in New Zealand this year and it has done my hands a world of good. I have quite severe psoriasis and your healing hand cream has been really good for it.
Mel, UK

Manuka Honey 1880 Gift Pack #1
Manuka Honey 1880 Gift Pack #1 $46.00 NZD
Code: 812087
Manuka Honey 1880 Gift Pack #2
Manuka Honey 1880 Gift Pack #2 $41.00 NZD
Code: 812088
Manuka Honey Bath & Shower Gel
Manuka Honey Bath & Shower Gel $24.90 NZD
Code: 176001
Manuka Honey Bath & Shower Gel
Manuka Honey Bath & Shower Gel $20.50 NZD
Code: 176004

Manuka Honey Hand & Body lotion
Manuka Honey Hand & Body lotion $24.90 NZD
Code: 176000
Manuka Honey Hand & Body lotion
Manuka Honey Hand & Body lotion $23.00 NZD
Code: 176005
Manuka Honey Intensive Hand & Nail Cream
Manuka Honey Intensive Hand & Nail Cream $23.00 NZD
Code: 176002
Manuka Honey Intensive Hand & Nail Cream
Manuka Honey Intensive Hand & Nail Cream $6.50 NZD
Code: 176003

Manuka Honey Nourishing Hand Cream
Manuka Honey Nourishing Hand Cream $23.00 NZD
Code: 176007
Manuka Honey Propolis Soap
Manuka Honey Propolis Soap $13.50 NZD
Code: 176006
Manuka Honey Soothing Body Butter
Manuka Honey Soothing Body Butter $24.00 NZD
Code: 176008

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