WHERE TO FIND THE BEST ICE CREAM IN THE BAY

Nothing says ‘summer’ like fast-melting ice-cream. The Coastal Bay of Plenty is lucky to have LOTS of specialty ice-cream parlours serving up original flavours plus your sweet-as favourites all year round. Get ready, cause you’re in for a real treat!

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MOUNT MADE ICE CREAM

262 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

Known for inventive flavours such as black hokey pokey ice-cream (yes, it is black but tastes just like hokey pokey), this creamery is as cool as they come. Their small batch ice-cream is hand-crafted using local ingredients such as Solomon’s Gold chocolate, Bionic coffee and Sommerfield’s strawberries.

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POLAR DESSERT BAR

10 Prince Avenue, Mount Maunganui

This dessert bar at the Mount is a super fun experience and serves cold-plate ice-cream and gelato. Choose your base ice-cream flavour and whatever toppings you wish like Nutella, crushed Ferrero, Snicker’s pieces, Tim Tams, mango, coconut flakes (you get the idea), and watch as they’re frozen, smashed and rolled all together on the cold plate before being drizzled in sauce. Wow!

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SEA PEOPLE ICE CREAM

143 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui

This plant-based (non-dairy) ice-cream is made using a unique blend of cashew and coconut milk. Their menu of staples includes berries & cream, espresso brownie and pecan caramel, and flavours are complemented by seasonal additions. Plant-based gluten-free waffle cones are baked and rolled daily on site at Mount Maunganui.

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BLACK STUMP

1841-1949 Tauranga East Road, Pāpāmoa Beach, Te Puke

Black Stump Berry Farm is half way between Pāpāmoa and Te Puke and grows the biggest, juiciest strawberries you’ll find anywhere in the land. Needless to say, plenty of these strawberries are transformed into real fruit ice-cream at their café, complete with an enormous berry plopped on top.

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BLUEBERRY CORNER

364 Thornton Road, Thornton 

Lots of hot and tired kids have survived road trips from one side of the Coastal Bay of Plenty to the other thanks to the promise of an ice-cream at Blueberry Corner on the outskirts of Whakatāne. Strawberries and raspberries are also grown on site, and all three berries make for a glorious frozen treat.

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JULIANS BERRY FARM

12 Huna Road, Coastlands, Whakatāne

Epic. Berry. Ice-creams. These things are huge, and made with fresh berries right in front of your eyes. Choose from strawberry, blueberry or raspberry – or mix them all together for one of the best fresh fruit ice-creams you’ll ever have in your life. Only available for a limited time over summer so get in quick.

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COPENHAGEN CONES

14 Adams Avenue, Mount Maunganui

The queue for this legendary ice-cream parlour at the Mount is out the door and down the street all year round. But don’t worry, you’ll soon be at the front and struggling to pick which delicious flavours to load up your handmade waffle cone with. Add sauce, sprinkles, whipped cream and you’ll be in sticky sweet heaven.

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THE BIG AVOCADO

109 Main Road, Katikati 

It’s impossible to miss seeing this bright green grocery store on Katikati’s main street. You’ll find the town’s freshest fruit and vegetables here alongside yummy real fruit ice-creams that are blended on the spot. Watch the fruit go in, and ribbons of ice-cream pour out into your cone. Delicious!

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MONTE GELATO

Shop 2, Tower One, Marine Parade, Mount Maunganui 

Thick pillowy piles of Italian gelato greet you as you enter this store, and it’s amazing how many delicious scoops you can pile inside one waffle cone. Ripples of sauce and chunks of chocolate, fruit and other treats will tempt you as you try to pick from dozens of gelato and sorbet flavours.

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