Our history

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“ Hiving our craft for over 50 years ”

Our history

In 1959 when Leon Janson drove New Zealand’s windy gravel roads home to the Hawkes Bay after purchasing his very first hives he had no idea that these humble beginnings would form our company today. 3 generations later the Janson family work tirelessly to harvest the world’s best Mānuka honey and look after over 5,000 hives across our beautiful country side.

In 1975 the Happy Valley Honey brand was founded by Ben and Dot Rawnsley in Auckland, where locals came to fill their own jar of honey from the Rawnsley’s farm- the Rawnsley’s believed in the power of Honey and Bee products – powered by nature and that was the beginning of our brand that has been on shelves around the world for over 40 years.

Happy Valley has always had a commitment to providing the best quality products with as little human interference as possible. Today we work tirelessly as a company to honour our founder’s traditions while using the best bee keeping practices possible, the cleanest and cutting edge manufacturing processes and leading product ranges.

We are a family owned and operated company that want to provide our customers with the best quality products from New Zealand possible – from our hives to your table. Our commitment to you, is that you can trust us that we have provided you with the best quality New Zealand honey product possible. Our honey bees, your happiness.

Our history