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Getting your hands on one of Waterside's famous 'Freakshakes' is a must when in Taupō! These towering milkshakes are already delicious on their own, but adding multiple scoops of ice cream, cream and themed toppings take these to the next level.
Known for the largest selection of gelato and sorbet in town, Luna’s Gelateria will spoil you for choice with over 30 award-winning flavours like Biscotti, After 8 and Black Doris Plum. Not into cones? Then get your gelato/sorbet made into an indulgent thickshake or milkshake, or served over a fresh, fluffy waffle.
Nothing brings families together better than ice cream! And that rings true for Steve and Kim, the father-daughter team at Kona Kones. For Steve, the journey began as a child, scooping ice cream after school at the family-owned local dairy. For Kim, ice cream was the cherished bond between her and her dad. Nestled at the picturesque lake end of Tongariro Street, Kona Kones offers not just delicious treats but also stunning lake views.
Located at Taupō's entertainment centre, The Landing, Suga Mummas offers classic ice cream alongside quirky flavours like fig & honey, lemon curd and plum & custard; opt to have your scope on a cookie, croissant or crêpe! They also have 'Boozy Milkshakes' for mum and dad.
Nestled on the edge of the Waikato River, next to Otumuheke Stream, sits a cute container cafe that has a 'Lil Something' for everyone. Serving your favourites from ice cream with sprinkles and syrup to fresh barista coffee. Enjoy a soak in the thermal stream with a crunchy waffle cone, or pick up a coffee and walk to Huka Falls.
Sitting on Taupō's lakefront is the newest addition to the cool-treat family; The New Yorker Ice Cream cart serves their selection in unique, Americanised ways like their ice cream pizza or root beer float!
Hot coffee, gelato, freshly baked sweets and a classic eggs benne are all on the menu for riders in Taupō. Here's our top picks to fuel your ride!