Five of the best ice cream shops in Auckland

Lick it. Lick it good.
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Lick it. Lick it good.

Ice cream is the flavour of summer.

Whether it be a classic tried and true flavour, or a wondrous new speciality whipped up for the season, Auckland is spoilt with some of the best ice cream parlours around. Here's our list of five of the best.

1. The Strawberry Farm - 127 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere

Ice cream at the Strawberry Farm is as unpretentious as it is tasty.
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Ice cream at the Strawberry Farm is as unpretentious as it is tasty.

There's only one flavour here, direct from the freshest, juiciest strawberries Auckland has on offer. Spiralled not scooped, this ice cream is a seasonal not-quite-secret to be eaten on picnic tables at Mangere's favourite family-run strawberry farm

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A hot summer's day will lure the crowds - don't get to the front of the queue only to find you've forgotten your cash (there's no eftpos)!

2. Gelato Workshop - 77 Birkenhead Ave, Birkenhead

Fresh and friendly, the Gelato Workshop love what they do.
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Fresh and friendly, the Gelato Workshop love what they do.

Gelato Workshop's owners were born in China, loved gelato in Finland, learned how to make it in Italy, and now grace Auckland with their 80 original recipes. They've whipped up gingerbread-man and candy-cane flavours for Christmas, and say they'll be serving a very special "real alcohol champagne" sorbet on new year's day. 

Summer sees their gelato trailer at North Shore beaches and Christmas markets, while the workshop churns out a fresh array for the city's five-star hotels and local dropper-inners alike daily.

3. Giapo - 279 Queen St, City Centre

Fancy. Giapo ice creams are very fancy.
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Fancy. Giapo ice creams are very fancy.

"Wow decadence to the max!", enthused one reviewer of the Giapo experience on Tripadvisor. That pretty much sums the joint up. Ice creams here are actually edible Faberge eggs and I wouldn't be surprised to see live hummingbirds fly out of your mouth after a first bite.

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Giapo considers its product 'haute ice cream', inspired by the likes of Gucci and Dior. Its creator mashes up ideas from technology, art, and science when sculpting the elaborate wonder-cones.

4. Ollies Burgers & Ice Cream - 802 Manukau Road, Royal Oak

For the no frills ice cream of your youth - head to Ollies in Onehunga.
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For the no frills ice cream of your youth - head to Ollies in Onehunga.

Ollies has been serving ice cream for nigh on 43 years. Their quintessential cones need neither froth nor frippery - customers return generation after generation for generous scoops of classic flavours. Pinball machines and (what look like) giant poppies add an American-diner-decked-out-for-ANZAC day vibe.

If you find yourself in the horror that is the Mt Albert roundabout, peel off onto Manukau Rd to soothe your nerves with a hefty double scoop from Ollies.

5. The Kapiti Store - 19 Shortland St, City Centre

The tiny Kapiti Store delivers big flavours (and decently sized scoops).
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The tiny Kapiti Store delivers big flavours (and decently sized scoops).

With flavours boldly boisterous in cone or in cup, Kapiti sells stimulating and lickable companions for strolls 'round the downtown wharves. 

Lemongrass and ginger, black doris with creme fraiche, spicy apple crumble, or something more familiar (yet seldom without a twist!) - their intriguing ice cream and sorbet selection will probably see you fill a few Kapiti loyalty cards this summer.

 - Stuff

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