Jane Wilson travels to New Zealand’s South Island to find there is more to enjoy than the native honey


You may think it is a little too far to travel for a jar of honey – and you may be right – but a trip to New Zealand, home to Manuku honey, is well worth the long journey for a massive dose of natural wellness.


Rare and indigenous, New Zealand honey is made from the nectar of the native Manuka plant (Leptospermum scoparium, to be precise) and is highly valued for its complex properties. It is the nectar of the New Zealand Manuka flower that provides unique natural ingredients distinguishing it from other honeys.

Methylglyoxal (MGO) has been demonstrated to be the naturally occurring compound that makes this honey so special. This is formed in the honey from Manuka nectar, and as the honey ripens, the MGO content increases. It is believed that its antibacterial power is derived from this – the higher its concentration, the stronger the effects.

Manuka honey carries a medicinal reputation dating from ancient times, although it wasn’t until the late 19th century that it was recognised for its natural antibacterial qualities. Research has shown that it is excellent for a range of ailments – from treating acid reflux, acne, eczema, burns, wounds and ulcers, to helping prevent tooth decay, improving sore throats, immunity and improving sleep. However, the amount per year is limited to the few weeks a year when the plant is in flower, so it naturally comes with a high price tag.

But New Zealand has more on prescription than medicinal honey. Apart from this particular health-bearing native natural resource, it is a country of vast spectacular scenery and breath-taking vistas. Think soaring mountains jigsawed with glaciers compacted with an icy topping, meandering paths carved into the landscapes and waterfalls splashing movement into the gigantic backdrop. Compressed into walks, nature and vista, they offer the necessary ingredients for wellness travel and a destination offering healthy climate and awe-inspiring thoughts.


During my travels to this country, I visited Lake Matheson, a close neighbour to one of nature’s power forces, Fox Glacier, in the South Island. With the early morning mist lifting, the mirror reflections were worth the distance travelled. Silent, still, spectacular. This is one of New Zealand’s most known picture postcard scenes which you will often see featured on book covers, biscuit tins, stamps and even beer bottle labels. The mirror image of mountains, sky and forest has become an icon of scenic New Zealand and a deserving recipient of quotes from writers and poets displayed around the water’s edge.

“Nature never did betray the heart that loved her”. William Wordsworth


“I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my senses put in tune once more.” John Burroughs (American Naturalist)


There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story   Linda Hogan (Author of Solar Storms)


If a destination could be utilised as a wellness therapy, New Zealand would be on the menu, together with a jar of Manuku honey.





Jane Wilson, editor TheHealthcareHoliday








About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.