In a delightfully revamped little shipping container opens on Waiheke Island.
Perched in the heart of Oneroa and housed within a repurposed shipping container, the scent of salted caramel could quite likely help lure you into Waiheke’s recently opened Island Gelato. Here you’ll find an unlikely triad for the taste buds; homemade gelato, coffee and Best Ugly bagels await.
Like all great endeavors, Island Gelato is a labour of love. For owners Ana Schwarz and Geoff Tippett, it’s a testament not only to shared passions but also the hive of activity and local produce that Waiheke bestows. After a visit to Sydney’s ice cream cult favorite, Gelato Messina, divine inspiration struck. Embracing a very hunt and gather mentality, Ana began perusing and picking local produce and seasonal fruit, handcrafting at least two new flavour combinations a week on site.
From strawberry daiquiri, dulce de leche to amaretto and berry compote; punters are left salivating and spoilt for choice, transfixed long after they’ve got their scoop. Built on the nostalgia associated with ice cream and balmy kiwi summers, this is a paradise for the palette, the new local loom that is worth navigating off the mainland. Initially a pop-up for summertime’s sake, based on it’s increasing popularity we can only hope the new kid on the block will remain year round.
Island Gelato Company
Ocean View Road,
Auckland, New Zealand 1081
021 536 860