Being little is a surprisingly big deal when it comes to making gelato.
It means we can hand select the finest seasonal ingredients, hand make our gelato with love, and be hands-on in inventing all kinds of delicious new flavours.
At the heart of our flavour philosophy is curiosity and surprise, and the imaginative fusion of ingredients.
A season, event or occasion of any kind is a wonderful excuse to acquaint unexpected ingredients with each other.
Think spiced gelato loaded up with chunks of Christmas pudding, pink champagne paired with pink macarons, voluptuous Central Otago cherries meeting decadent chilli chocolate and crispy bacon.
Our extraordinary gelato flavours for those on gluten free, nut free, or vegan diets are also out-of-this-world delicious, made with as much imagination as our other creations.
Our Chief Gelato Maker is our founder Hannah Wood.
Like most kids, Hannah grew up adoring gelato (as soon as she first discovered the frozen delight).
But unlike almost anyone else, in New Zealand at least, she won a scholarship to Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy (yes, there is such a place), to pursue her tasty passion and master the art of making gelato.
Upon her return to New Zealand, Hannah created Little Lato, and the rest is award winning history.
So, are you ready to experience the fresh flavours you love, like espresso, strawberry, or deep dark chocolate?
Or will you dare to try a curious twist?
How about fresh summer strawberry gelato with a burst of fresh basil, or a hit of chilli?
Or lime and grapefruit sorbet with a sniff of coriander?
Would you be brave enough to try hot Indian curry spice in a frozen gelato?
No matter what you decide, each and every small batch of Little Lato is handcrafted and churned to velvety, silky perfection.
Whether you want to try something new to wake up your taste buds or stick with the dependable (and award-winning) favourites, Little Lato brings a little extravagant joy to everyone.
For a curious twist or a familiar flavour, no matter your dietary requirements, indulge in a Little Lato.
We love partnering with other cool businesses out there, especially ones that are like us and NZ local!
A whole bunch of collabs have been completed to date – partnering with more than 10 other producers to create products showcasing both brands. Here is a snapshot of a handful:
Premium gelato alongside a dreamy Rotorua experience!
We have just launched a gelato bar within the Polynesian Spas in Rotorua - a geothermal bathing retreat, recognised as one of the top 10 spas in the world. Amidst a range of mineral hot pools and spa treatments, you can also treat your taste buds to a bit of Little 'Lato pampering!
Summer Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday, 9am – 10pm
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Kohi Beach Corner has just re-launched after some fresh renovations... trust us when we say this corner is looking absolutely epic!
It is now stocked up with a full Little 'Lato freezer (with the favourites you know and love), plus has a range of freshly baked breads and goods to die for.
Situated right opposite Kohi Beach, you can devour your gelato goodness with some of the best views of Rangitoto Island you can find.
You can find more about Kohi Beach Corner here.
Our new gelato hub in the heart of Orewa is now officially open. Just a hop, skip and jump away from Orewa Beach, you can grab yourself a scoop of your favourite Little 'Lato gelato and mosey on down to the beach to devour!
We have partnered with Bakeaboo Boutique Cakery to bring this hub to life - a small business run by Elina and stocked with some insanely delicious cakes.
Wednesday -Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Scooping up all summer long, Hahei is your new holiday destination for your favourite holiday treat!
You can find us on the main road, a hop skip and jump away from the beautiful Hahei Beach. This gelato hub is in partnership with Shane and Danae, the awesome duo behind the Hahei General Store. Find out more here.
Currently scooping up on weekends from 11am - 6pm.
Our central city hub is in Wynyard Quarter, partnering with our friends Good Karma Coffee. Like Good Karma Coffee, we believe that life is all about connection and we believe that great food (and coffee) create the space and time for that to happen!
You can find out more about Good Karma Coffee here!
Current open hours:
Mon - Thurs: 7am - 4pm
Sat: 9am - 9pm
Sun: 9am - 5pm
Crave Cafe is where Little 'Lato all began - our coffee and gelato bar starting in December 2018.
We have loved being a part of the Crave Collective, helping to "do good in the Morningside hood".
We have now closed our gelato bar, but are so grateful for their support with getting us up and running.
Although our gelato bar is now closed we will still be around! Stay tuned as we will be doing pop-ups throughout summer.