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A hidden gem by the sea serving artisan classic and vegan ice cream, made from scratch with organic local produce and top notch ingredients. We also serve gluten-free and/or vegan Belgian waffles and the best coffees and hot chocolates. Opening hours are changing with the seasons.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
CUISINES
Cafe, European, Healthy, Street Food
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Beach, Dog Friendly, Family style, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 5 May 2023

Best ice cream ever..eaten in a garden under a grape vine arbor.. some very interesting flavours to choose from..definitely coming back to try as many as we can!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 3 March 2023 via mobile

The ice cream was quite good and there alot of different options for dietry requirements. Hot drinks also served. Very cute and small. A little dissapointing that the garden area to sit can only seat a few.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 12 February 2023

What a treat to find this ice cream shop in little Sumner. After a day at the beach their craft ice cream in a beautiful garden setting with passion fruit trees, grape vines, and fig leaves was perfect. There was a flavor for everyone and...options for vegetarians/dairy free. We will be back!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 9 June 2022 via mobile

What a fantastic, unique, delicious and wonderful ice cream shop this is. It welcomes you to walk through a small and lovely lush garden. Lots of big shady trees which are perfect in summer to offer protection to the ice creams. The seating is all...very alternative, second hand, nana type benches and chairs. It is all very relaxed and comfortable in the garden. There is a selection of kids toys which the little ones can play with if they need to wait for their treats. We come here a lot in summer. It is just such a tasty and neat ice cream shop. The staff are always really friendly, happy and fast at rolling and scooping up their yummy frozen treats. They always have a huge range of very different flavours and flavour combinations to choose from. So much so that it is always hard to choose. Once we tried to go back and have the same thing as it was so good but they are always changing their flavours, keeping up with the season and what is availble. This is actually great as it is always exciting to see what they have on offer that day. They offer kids sizes, cups and also iced coffees. Standard gelato pricing. If you are in Sumner and enjoy an ice cream or gelato, you must must must try this place. It is just unbelievably delicious. Thank you.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 28 November 2020

We love the ice-creams and sorbets. There are so many different flavours it's hard to choose. Everytime we come there are different ones to try.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

This is definatly the best icecream I've tried in the whole of New Zealand and the coconut/dark chocolate and raw cacao nibs is probably the best one I've tried EVER! Very friendly owner and you can try as many flavors as you want. Nice atmosphere...and overall a fresh feeling to the place. The icecream was so good I ended up eating 5 scoops and my friend 3 scoops with a waffle! Very good selection of vegan icecream, around half of the flavors were vegan. RECOMMEND!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 13 January 2020

Always hand crafted, exceptional flavours and unique every time with also seasonal classics with a new twist like apricot lavender this summer and also strawberry and lemongrass. Great plant based ice creams ad the dairy classics too. Truly a gift for Christchurch locals, if you...haven't tried Utopia Ice....it's a must, and watch out its very addictive.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 30 December 2019

Simply devine! The icecream was so worth the wait in the queue. Full of flavour, smooth and creamy. They let you taste a couple of flavours first before you decide. I will definitely be back to try different flavours. They have vegan, dairy free options...as well. It was $5 for single scoop in cone, $8 for double and $3.50 kids cone.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 23 October 2019

My first time to Sumner for many years. The long queues outside this ice cream parlour certainly drew our attention. A customer walking past said we needed to try as the ice creams would change our lives. I'm not sure about that but we certainly...enjoyed. Plenty of interesting flavour options to choose from. I can image in summer the poor girls will have very sore arms. I think if you are in Sumner an ice cream from Utopia is a must do.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 26 May 2019

Had with the maple, kumara ice-cream and was divine. 100% awesome. They source ingredients from their garden. Lovely ladies.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 21 February 2019

OMG! Too Divine. This ice cream parlour is worth travelling for. It is a wonderful addition to Sumner Village and certainly works to enhance the beach holiday vibe. The ice cream and sorbets are beautifully flavoured and you can try before you buy. There is...a good selection of vegan treats included in the selection. You enter from the street through a little wrought iron gate. The eating area is a GORGEOUS little plant hung courtyard with quirky vintage outside furniture. I sat in a swing seat to eat my Lemon Yoghurt Sorbet and Salted Caramel ice cream. Yes, I know - TWO scoops. It was hard to choose. OK? I'll be back.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 18 February 2019 via mobile

We stopped here for a lunchtime treat and it was just lovely. The outdoor seating area is just gorgeous and the icecream is divine. So many unique flavours to choose from.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

My neice took me here for ice-cream when I was in Christchurch.OMG, BLOODY AMAZING,not cheap, but oh stuff it. Ten outer of 10 amazing

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

This place is an absolute gem! Some of the best vegan ice cream and vegan waffles too! Such cozy seating in a lovely garden space. Good coffee too. What more could you want!

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 25 January 2019

Doctor has me on a strict diet so happy to find this Ice Cream shop with a variety of really good Vegan Ice containing no milk and no eggs. What a great end to our day out hiking the hills. Flavors were fresh and inventive....There is regular ice cream and sorbet too which pleased customers.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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