Inventive ice cream makers Duck Island to open a Ponsonby parlour

by Alex Blackwood / 08 November, 2018

Duck Island's Riverbank Lane store in Hamilton.

Scoop slingers Duck Island are coming to Auckland.

Experimental ice cream parlour Duck Island is set to make its Auckland debut. The team has been looking at venturing north from its original Hamilton home for a while now, and the chosen location is the refurbished and sleek former Ponsonby Fire Station, right next to Juliette Hogan and Huffer.

Owner and founder Cameron Farmilo had planned to open the doors in October but is now setting his sights on December, “but it could well be the other side of Christmas.”

Farmilo says he wanted an urban location for his shop, as opposed to a more typical place, like near a beach. He reasons that his style of ice cream is a more urban ice cream and indeed, his most popular scoop, the salted caramel and cacao crumb and its vegan alternative, the coconut, caramel and sesame praline, sound (excuse me) very Ponsonby.

The core range features their inventive flavours, such as orange blossom chocolate chip; white chocolate, pomegranate and macadamia; and peppermint slice, which we can expect to see in store and at supermarkets. But Farmilo says they constantly experimenting – so there could well be a new flavour or two on opening day.

The Wonder Group is designing the space and Farmilo is envisaging a pastel colour scheme with an ice creamy feel and an LA-themed outdoor area. The inspiration for the design comes from overseas; the Duck Island team has been doing research on New York, LA and all over the states. Farmilo has mentioned expanding to all of New Zealand’s urban centres. How about overseas? He laughs. “I don’t know about that,” he says. “Auckland first. Then we’ll see.”

Duckislandicecream.co.nz
182 Ponsonby Rd
Ponsonby

Follow Metro on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and sign up to the weekly email

Latest

The weight-loss industry is trying to rebrand itself as the 'wellness' industry
98751 2018-11-15 00:00:00Z Nutrition

The weight-loss industry is trying to rebrand itse…

by Jennifer Bowden

As dieting is exposed as the lie that it is, the weight-loss industry is unravelling.

Read more
Best of Wellington: What to do in the capital
98651 2018-11-15 00:00:00Z Travel

Best of Wellington: What to do in the capital

by Metro

A round-up of great things to do in Wellington, plus where to experience the best of capital culture and tips on where to stay.

Read more
Douglas Wright: 1956-2018
58688 2018-11-15 00:00:00Z Listener NZ 2004

Douglas Wright: 1956-2018

by David Eggleton

The celebrated NZ choreographer has died after a long illness. David Eggleton describes the path of Wright’s creative life from Tuakau to New York.

Read more
Irish music star Damien Dempsey's spiritual connection with Aotearoa
99078 2018-11-14 14:27:13Z Music

Irish music star Damien Dempsey's spiritual connec…

by James Belfield

Damien Dempsey’s music recounts Ireland’s traumatic history, but it resonates half a world away in New Zealand.

Read more
Andrew Little announces decision to re-enter Pike River Mine
99051 2018-11-14 07:16:04Z Planet

Andrew Little announces decision to re-enter Pike …

by RNZ

Andrew Little says the plan to enter the drift at Pike River, using the existing access tunnel, was by far the safest option.

Read more
The NZ armed forces' toxic culture of impunity and cover-ups revealed
98957 2018-11-14 00:00:00Z Crime

The NZ armed forces' toxic culture of impunity and…

by Nicky Hager

Is a defence force that regularly covers up and denies wrongdoings among its ranks – from war crimes to drunkenness – operating above the law?

Read more
How Kiwi Anthony McCarten wrote the Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody
98989 2018-11-14 00:00:00Z Movies

How Kiwi Anthony McCarten wrote the Queen movie Bo…

by Russell Baillie

New Zealand screenwriter Anthony McCarten talks about Bohemian Rhapsody, his second big film of 2018 after the Churchill drama Darkest Hour.

Read more
Excavated cult-horror film Suspiria is an ambitious failure
98994 2018-11-14 00:00:00Z Movies

Excavated cult-horror film Suspiria is an ambitiou…

by James Robins

Released in 1977, Dario Argento’s campy Suspiria was a landmark in cult horror. Now, director Luca Guadagnino has remade it in a new style.

Read more