The highly awaited, grand opening of Auckland’s first Duck Island Ice Cream parlour is finally here. It’s been a long journey for the much-loved brand (originally from Hamilton), scoping out the perfect location and redecorating the store to bring its vision to life. And although the road wasn’t easy, mark your calendars for the 8th of March, as Duck Island opens the doors to its new location on Ponsonby Road for the first time.
Duck Island Ice Cream is more than just your regular. The use of organic milk and cream and only the best, seasonal ingredients have made Duck Island renowned for churning premium quality ice cream, not only in Hamilton but throughout New Zealand. Aucklanders can now skip the three-hour drive we used to have to undertake to experience some of the dreamiest ice cream around, straight from the source. Which makes this new opening set to be a destination spot.
Although Duck Island has been available by the pint in certain Auckland stores for some time now, nothing can really replace the experience of getting a scoop at the parlour. Especially in Duck Island’s case, where scoops are served with home-made waffle cones, waffle cone tacos and house-baked cookies.
Located in the old Ponsonby fire station — now a hub for food, beauty and retail — Duck Island collaborated with spatial designers Wonder Group to create a modest and homely space emblematic of its humble, Hamilton beginnings. With an outdoor garden seating area boasting bright shades of blue, the Wes Anderson-
The freezer is fully stocked with ice cream the likes of which you’ll have never seen before. Think outside normal vanilla and more along the lines of cinnamon smoked apple pie, roasted white chocolate miso caramel, blueberry buttermilk gooey butter cake and blackberry sage and honey. That isn’t to say that Duck Island neglects the classics. Their OG vanilla bean and quintessential milk chocolate are some of the best you’ll ever try.
Sunday – Wednesday:
Thursday – Saturday: 11am until 11pm
Duck Island Ice Cream
182 Ponsonby Road