Here's the scoop on the best ice cream
If there's one thing all Wellingtonians can get behind, it's ice cream. Do you prefer soft serve to a scoop? Gelato over sorbet? No matter your frozen preference, we have it all.
11 Cable Street, Wellington
Wellington’s handcrafted, award-winning gelato made with local ingredients and local organic Zany Zeus milk.
With over 150 recipes in their repertoire, including some award-winners, there are new flavours in store almost daily.Don’t leave without trying some of their most popular flavour - Yum-Yum – vanilla gelato swirled with local Fix & Fogg peanut butter, salted caramel and dark chocolate.
Gelissimo is a favourite with many restauranteurs and you’ll find their gelato popping up on menus at some of the city’s eateries. Grab a scoop of Gelissimo gelato at one of their two waterfront locations at Taranaki Wharf and Freyberg Beach at Oriental Bay.
149 Randwick Road, Moera, Lower Hutt
Zany Zeus makes boutique organic dairy products that are most definitely good enough for the king of the gods.
The family-run company are makers of Scarlett Johannson’s favourite chocolate cake and some of Wellington’s best ice cream and soft serve, which is only available from their Moera store. But don't just take our word for it - their Ghana Chocolate ice cream won the supreme award at the 2019 New Zealand Ice Cream Awards.
The soft serve comes in vanilla and a second flavour that changes weekly or opt for a rolled ice cream from their range of flavours, including milk chocolate and raspberry and liquorice. Their freshly-made halloumi sandwiches are worth a mention too – just fresh bread, organic ‘squeaky’ cheese and a squeeze of lemon – simple but delicious.
Field & Green
262 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington
Wellington eatery Field & Green make over 17 different ice creams and sorbets made at their Wakefield Street restaurant.
Made with egg yolks and cream, chef and co-owner Laura Field prefers her ice cream to be not too sweet and have bold brassy flavours that don’t hold back like spicy stem ginger, tangy marmalade (made with their own house-made Seville marmalade) and fragrant saffron and cardamom.
A perfect little something at the end of your delicious Field & Green meal or pop in for an ice cream to take away.
25 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington
With five locations around central Wellington, you're never far from a scoop of Kaffee Eis gelato in the capital. Since first opening a small ice cream shop on Oriental Parade in 2004, Kaffee Eis has built a reputation for high quality gelato.
In a city that loves ice cream, Kaffee Eis has become a favourite for their modern fusion of New Zealand and European gelato flavours and their excellent Mojo espresso coffee (affogato, anyone?)
Locally owned and operated, Kaffee Eis (pronounced “café ice”), which means coffee and ice cream in German, reflects the Austrian roots of the founder, Karl Tiefenbacher.
Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery
Wooden Spoon Boutique Freezery makes small batch, hand-crafted ice cream using high quality ingredients.
Founded in Wellington in 2011 by two ex-pat Americans who met at a dinner party over their shared love of ice cream and semi-competitive spirit over who made it better.
Wooden Spoon have won awards and accolades for their ice cream, which has gone from a small subscription service to being available at supermarkets around New Zealand and Moore Wilson's Fresh on College Street.
Try their award-winning Movie Night ice cream with buttered popcorn and a caramel corn brittle.
Carello del Gelato
228 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington
Nathan Meyer of Carello del Gelato reckons that ‘Made properly, gelato is out of this world. It’s creamier than ice cream but has less fat and sugar, and the flavours are more intense.
It’s the perfect way to indulge yourself.’ Award-winning Carrello del Gelato uses the best local and Italian ingredients for their hand-churned batches of gelato to create authentic and naturally delicious flavours, ranging from old favourite vanilla to gingernut and rocky road. Carrello del Gelato is conveniently located on Oriental Parade, for all of your gelato-by-the-sea needs.
Zelati Dessert Café
Left Bank, Cuba Street, Wellington
Zelati made their bespoke flavours for top restaurants across Wellington for many years before opening a dessert café on Left Bank. Using only real, premium ingredients including fresh milk and cream and fresh fruit, Zelati pasteurise, age, infuse and churn each delightful batch of their gelato from scratch.
The seasonal gelato menu includes favourites like rhubarb cinnamon gelato (it tastes just like rhubarb crumble), saffron rose, malted milk plus vegan flavours like pineapple plum sorbet, Fix & Fogg peanut butter and coconut and purple kumara - a Kiwi twist based on the Philippine ‘Ube’ or purple yam.