Neatest places for an ice cream

On a hot day in Christchurch, there’s no better way to cool down than with a delicious iced delight.

A hand holding an ice cream.

From ice cream to gelato to sorbet, there’s no shortage of talented merchants in Christchurch serving up the perfect treat when it’s scorching outside.

Woman holding an ice cream.

Utopia Ice Sumner

15 Wakefield Avenue, Sumner, Christchurch

Owners Mandy and Sebastian of Utopia Ice use a French artisan custard style of creaming to create inventive flavours and a menu which is half plant-based, and often dairy free.

Test your taste buds with combos like Asparagus and cream cheese (surprisingly refreshing and creamy); white chocolate and olive oil (sweet and smooth); sea salt caramel, cashew and popcorn (bathe us in this), Vietnamese coffee (a creamy, ice cold coffee hit) and raspberry and saffron (refreshingly spiced).

Using free range eggs, they have brought their community mindedness to their new store, using ingredients grown in locals backyards as well as their own on-site garden with its passion fruit, figs, grapes and lavender used as flavour for the ever-changing ice cream menu.

Visit them at their Sumner store, or their central city creamery

A man holding an ice cream in front of his face against a bright orange wall.

Rollickin' Gelato

New Regent Street and Cashel Street, Christchurch

Rollickin' Gelato has quickly developed cult status in the city, evolving from a post-quake roving carts to its flagship creamery on Cashel St and second store on New Regent Street. With long lines often spilling from its buildings: Rollickin’ is popular for a reason.

Unique flavour combinations like custard and rhubarb; peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and chocolate fudge sauce, and crowd favourite Yogi Bear (yogurt gelato with swiss caramel sauce) sit alongside more traditional options in a new state-of-the-art freezer. Dairy-free friends are also looked after, with the sorbet menu just as extensive and delicious looking as the gelatos, and treats can be scooped out of compostable cups or choc waffle cones depending on how much sweet you can handle.

Welles Street ice cream.

Welles Street

44 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Welles Street is the slick urban pub which keeps on giving. Not only the perfect place to park up for its extensive range of wines and beers, and Mediterranean influenced fare – it also has the coolest little frozen yoghurt machine in the city.

The Millennial Pink machine pumps out delicious and different gourmet flavours from 9am until late.

Try flavour combinations like honey and oregano, baklava crumble, boozy cherries and gummy bear – tangy new takes on old favourites.

Three people lining up for ice cream at Ice Cream Charlie.

Ice Cream Charlie

91 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central

Walk on down to Victoria Square on a sunny day and you’ll find a line of people patiently waiting for their turn in front of the iconic pink and white vanilla ice truck that is Ice Cream Charlie. If you’ve ever tasted their ice cream, you’ll know joining that queue is well worth it.

The ice cream is hand made with a new batch churned out every second day. You can choose from a variety of toppings from the Classic Charlie, the creamy vanilla ice topped with delicious raspberry sauce, to newer topping additions such as kiwi fruit.