Close to the Matakana Village at the Matakana end of the Leigh/Matakana road is where you’ll find Charlies Gelato Garden. Charlies make homemade ice cream every day using seasonal freshly picked local fruit or from fruit they’ve grown on their property. Small batch production means the ice cream is fresh with flavour that melts into your mouth.
A trip to Italy in 2007 inspired Charlie Wrigglesworth and Heather King to add the Gelato Garden to their orchard sales of fresh fruit and they haven’t looked back. Gelato is thicker than ice cream, has an undeniably fuller flavour and contains less fat and sugar. Sorbetto contains no dairy ingredients and almost no fat. Compulsory tasting is recommended for their special ginger beer sorbetto made from their own homemade ginger beer. It’s simply delicious.
Have a cone or two and take home a tub for later. There’s a mouth watering array of gelati and sorbetti flavours and stunning new flavours undoubtedly mean return visits for locals and visitors. This garden store is a must on a hot summers day during the summer season, September to April/May.