It’s not often that Wellingtonians go crazy over something out of Hamilton, but when it comes to Duck Island Ice Cream, locals are screaming for it.
The ice cream brand with a cult following is flavour of the month after opening its first scoop shop in Wellington. Hot on the tails of its two wildly popular spots in Auckland—Ponsonby and Newmarket—Duck Island has finally brought its icy treats to the capital, served from a super cute parlour on Cuba Street.
With pastel pink walls and retro fittings, this cosy spot gives a nod to the milk bars of yesteryear and dishes up a healthy dose of nostalgia; if giant scoops of Fairy Bread flavoured ice cream and popcorn-laden sundaes don’t send you on a sugar-induced trip back to your childhood, we don’t know what will.
Inside this ice cream oasis, the cabinet is brimming with 24 melt-in-your-mouth flavours, and tastings are heartily encouraged. The daily flavours are handwritten on the front window—a charming, old-school move that lures in the crowds. Classics like Cookies and Cream, and Peppermint Slice are tucked in alongside quirky numbers like Roasted White Chocolate and Miso, and Matcha Strawberry Milk Crumb. Can’t choose a favourite flave? No problem—choose one of the nifty sundaes, shakes or floats on offer and the friendly staff can suss the rest.
If chocolate is your weakness, be sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming collab between Duck Island and the Wellington Chocolate Factory. The magical chocolate makers based on Eva Street will soon be scooping a devilishly rich chocolate ice cream that would make Willy Wonka jealous. You heard it hear first fam.
In the meantime, grab your Duck Island ice cream fix at their Cuba Street digs, open seven days a week. From Thursday to Saturday, the scoop shop stays open until midnight, making it a sweet spot for an after dinner or late night treat.
What: Duck Island Ice Cream Wellington
Where: 168 Cuba Street
When: Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 10.30pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am - 12am
Image credit: Duck Island Ice Cream by Fran Parker, Jaiden Bhaga