Who we are

Hello, we're Little Lato, a little gelato company. We’re pleased to meet you.

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.

See winning flavours


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:


Cool down at seven of auckland’s sweetest ice cream and gelato shops

The Urban List

These guys are bringing some seriously incredible flavours to the table, including a few life-changing seasonal offerings (we're looking at you, Christmas Pudding) and even vegan alternatives.

Little 'Lato on the AM show

New Zealand's Top Gelato

Best gelato in the country - we'll take it!

Concrete Playground

The Best Ice Cream and Gelato Joints in Auckland

There's nothing little about these guys. With big scoops and even bigger imaginations, Little 'Lato has created a constant rotation of innovative flavours you won't want to miss out on.

Crave Cafe Newsletter

Five minutes with Hannah Wood, Founder & Chief Gelato Maker

Little ‘Lato is thrilled to be a part of Crave Café and the Community that surrounds this. Check out this article talking about how the Little ‘Lato dream began and how the partnership with Crave Café became a reality

Woman's Weekly

Hannah’s Gelato Dream

We were lucky enough to be approached by Woman’s weekly to feature in the March edition of the magazine.Click here for a snapshot of the article, written by Ciara Pratt.

Denizen Magazine

Gelato so good you’ll want to eat it all year round

“Little ‘Lato is proving that good gelato is necessary all year round.”Margie Cooney from Denizen Magazine wrote a piece about Little ‘Lato and our gelato offerings. Check out the full article which featured in the Denizen.

More articles

Where you can find us!

Rotorua Polynesian Spa

1000 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

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

Link to website:

Rotorua Hot Springs Spa And Pools | Polynesian Spa

Little 'Lato Kohimarama

Kohi Beach Corner, 237 Tamaki Drive

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.

Little 'Lato Orewa

6 Moana Avenue, Orewa Beach

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.


Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday -Saturday: 10am - 5pm


Little 'Lato Hahei

46 Hahei Beach Road, Hahei

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.

Little 'Lato Wynyard Quarter

Good Karma Coffee, Auckland Fish Markets, 22 Jellicoe St, Freemans Bay, Auckland

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

Fri: 7am-8pm

Sat: 9am - 9pm
Sun: 9am - 5pm

Little 'Lato Morningside - Now Closed

Crave Cafe 6 Morningside Drive

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.