Ice cream season: Where to get the best scoops in town

An ice cream a day might be our summer mantra, but this frequency can make it necessary to branch out from the typical flavours.

Mix things up with Duck Island’s boysenberry cheesecake ice cream, where the combination of fruity sweetness and tart decadence makes for an icy delight.

While Miann’s Pistachio, Honey & Baklava ice cream sees candied pistachio praline and smashed baklava rippled through a pistachio-based gelato.

Little Lato takes nuttiness to a whole new level with its indulgent (and award-winning) peanut butter and chocolate cookie ice cream. 

If you’re seeking a classic scoop, the fresh mint with chunky shards of bittersweet dark chocolate from Island Gelato is unbeatable.

Chocolate ice cream lovers, head to Giapo as there’s no other place that does this classic better. Pro-tip — ask for it to be served with hot chips for the ultimate sweet and savoury combination.

Although it can be quite intense, The Tonight Dough from Ben & Jerry’s is a sugary dream come true, comprising PB cookie dough, regular cookie dough and a crunchy cookie swirl.

Take a trip down the lane of nostalgia at Browns Bay’s iconic ice cream parlour, Penguino — renowned for its cotton candy flavour.

You don’t need to journey out to strawberry farms to get your real-fruit ice cream fix, thanks to Whau Cafe on Mt. Eden.

Summer wouldn’t be the same without a walk along Mission Bay, finished off with a scoop from Movenpick. Our favourite would have to be the tiramisu in its renowned waffle cones.

Not just your regular soft-serve, Aqua-S on Queen St laces its smooth and decadent swirls with sea salt to enhance the flavours, which are set to change every fortnight.

Mad for matcha? Tsujiri on Lorne St and Newmarket undoubtedly serves the best matcha soft-serve ice creams in town.

You can’t go wrong with a trip to the North Shore, especially when it includes a stroll along Takapuna Beach with a scoop of honeycomb gelato from Takapuna Beach Cafe in hand.

Being one of the rare remaining parlours that still offers Goody Gum Drops, Ollies Burgers & Ice Cream is a firm favourite.


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