Manuka Honey & Oil Plantations

One of our four core businesses is the commercialisation and development of high-quality Manuka honey and Manuka oil plantations.

Manukalife’s goal is to deliver large quantities of long-term, high-grade supply. ManukaLife is committed to securing the future viability of an Australian Manuka honey and oil industry. We are passionate about Australia’s bio-secure environment and the untapped potential for harnessing the healing power of Manuka for health benefits.

Manukalife has been growing plantations since 2016 for Manuka honey production, and since 2018 for Manuka oil production, using high-grade seed stock for both. The plantations are large scale research and production plantings with approximately 200ha planted for honey production and 16ha for oil production. Our plantations are designed and planted differently, with the honey plantation using 1,700 seedlings/ha non-irrigated and the oil at 25,000 seedlings/ha irrigated. Large scale commercial trials have allowed ManukaLife to understand the agronomy, rainfall, fertilisers and planting regimes required for optimal results.

Fields of Manuka plants

“Our world-class Manuka honey originates in the natural pristine Australian environment where strong disease-free bees and Leptospermum trees thrive”

Harvesting Manuka plants

We are expertly positioned at the cross-section of Australian innovation, agriculture, bioscience and our own plant breeding technologies to foster a sustainable Manuka industry in Australia that has a global reach, influence and success. Our goal is to become one of the largest Manuka plantation growers in Australia, producing world-class Manuka and developing high-value products with fully integrated supply chains where strong disease-free trees and bees thrive.

ManukaLife is a Western Australian company that develops high-grade Manuka plantations for products developed for the medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries. The Australian Federal Government has confirmed that Australia has one of the healthiest honey bee populations in the globe, with an absence of colony collapse disorder or pests such as the Varroa mite. Healthy bee colonies deliver higher yields at lower operating costs with more certainty.


  • Manuka plantations developed on a commercial scale will attract carbon credit opportunities.
  • Plantations of Manuka are a good source of nectar for bees and provide an alternative food source.
  • Apiarists make a significant income from high-grade Manuka honey plantations with lower risks and less costs.
  • Large enclosed infrastructure facilities for the production of high-grade Manuka honey will enable higher productivity and de-risk agricultural issues, using less land.
  • The utilisation of technology to maximise yields through soils, temperature control and water will produce higher volumes of high-grade honey with less environmental impact.
  • Manuka oil plantations can use harvested biomass to power distillation facilities and use biomass waste for soil improvements.
  • High-grade honey and oil will be used in value add, science-based products for natural health products for the pharmaceutical and medical industries.
A Manuka flower