It wouldn't be a real Kiwi summer without great ice cream! Luckily in Christchurch, it's pretty easy to get your ice cream cravings sorted! Here are our top picks.
The Rollickin' Gelato team takes pride in making real Kiwi ice cream with local, organic ingredients and seasonal unique flavours like Anne's Ambrosia, Lemon Lime and Bitters, Fejioa, or Ginger Crunch. For all of those who like it a bit more classy, the dark chocolate gelato is irresistible.
Berry Culture specialises in homemade soft serve ice cream, frozen yoghurt, and creamy dairy free chia pudding with different toppings. Toppings include a delicious range of locally sourced berries. Watch out for the little berry truck or go and see them at their "headquarter" on Sawyers Arms Road.
Utopia Ice started with a little stall at the Christchurch Farmers Market and a pop-up kiosk in Sumner. Their business was thriving so much that the owners Mandy and Sebastian have opened their first proper ice cream shop. The shop is located in Sumner and only a few minutes walk away from the beach. The couple sells French-style ice cream and has specialised in plant-based ice cream - perfect for vegans.
A must stop when you're heading out to Sumner beach. Charlato (former Totally Gelato), a quirky little ice cream shop on the corner of Mariner and Burgess Street offers Italian style gelato, really rich, creamy and smooth. The shop is very popular with locals and tourists and on a sunny day is incredibly busy.
- Sumner Main Street (corner Marriner/Burgess Street), in December only open on weekends, in January open daily
One of New Zealand ice cream pioneers started his business in Christchurch. In 1903, Sali Mahomet aka Ice Cream Charlie set up his cart in Cathedral Square and sold ice cream for the first time. Ice Cream Charlie has since passed on but his legacy remains. Ice Cream Charlie's recipes are still used today and every summer you'll find his Vanilla Truck parked in Victoria Square.
- Due to Victoria Square restorations: Truck is parked next to The Piano on Armagh Street
Gelato Roma's home is Nelson, but their mobile truck is located in Christchurch and spoils us with delicious artisan ice cream. The team makes traditional Italian ice cream with locally sourced products. Make sure to try the Stracciatella - an Italian classic! The Gelato Roma Mobile can be found at the Lyttelton Farmers Market on a Saturday and at the Riccarton Market on a Sunday.
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Fuse is a real fruit ice cream trailer positioned opposite the playground at Cashmere Road. If you're in to trying new things, then the "real nut" ice creams are a must! What could be better than a blend of peanut butter or Nutella with ice cream or frozen yogurt - yum! Fuse also make a range of ice cream sauces onsite - white, milk and dark chocolate just to name a few. Find out more on their Facebook page.