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 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 local Happy Cows milk and 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.

Gelato being scooped.

Rollickin' Gelato

35 New Regent Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch

Rollickin Gelato has quickly developed cult status in the city, evolving from a post-quake roving carts to its flagship creamery on New Regent St and new addition to the Christchurch Arts Centre. 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.