Welcome to Charlies Gelato Garden!


Now on Summer Hours, open 7 days 9am-5pm.

February Special Flavour = Pinky Bar Gelato. Raspberry gelato swirled with caramel and chocolate and yes it does definitely remind me of the old Pinky Bars. Our thanks to Jamie and the North family for this suggestion - hope you are enjoying it.

We are still making ice cream cakes (17cm $35, 24cm $50) - you need to choose size plus three flavours of gelato or sorbetto.  When you order we appreciate three days notice if possible. Note - we usually get booked out to capacity at Christmas time with cake orders so order now if you want one.

Wood fired pizza season is almost over. Only open for 7 days over the first two weekends in February, including Monday 6 February (Waitangi Day). If you haven't had a Charlies wood fired pizza yet now's your last chance for the season. See Wood Fired Pizza for details.

If you want to contact us please email charlie@charliesgelato.co.nz , phone us at the shop on 09 422 7942, or text 0211508820.

We have been growing and selling fresh produce from our Matakana property since 1992. The emphasis has always been on providing the freshest possible produce to the local community from our road side stall in Sharp Rd.

Each year when the ‘open flag goes up’ at the gate locals return to buy the freshest and tastiest strawberries and grapes.

Visit us for:

  • outrageously fresh ripe fruit

  • artisan gelato and sorbetto

  • locally roasted espresso coffee

  • local produce, local community

  • eco-friendly production and packaging

We are happy to put together special orders or put aside fruit for you to pick up later in the day.

Charlie Wrigglesworth and Heather King


Gelato comes to Matakana...

Inspired by a trip to Italy where gelato ice-cream is a part of every day life, November 2007 saw the expansion of the gate sales into a purpose built shop with commercial kitchen. From here we sell our fruit and gelato.

Gelato is just like ice cream, only denser and thicker – with more flavour, less fat and less air than normal icecream. We make our gelato and sorbettos daily in small batches to keep the fresh taste and high quality. We like to use seasonal fruit either grown on the property or sourced locally.

Charlies Gelato Garden is modelled on a ‘gelateria artiginale’ where the gelato is made fresh each day from the best available ingredients.