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Penguino Gelato Cafe

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85 Montgomery Square, Nelson, New Zealand
03 545 6450
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Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Brilliant range of flavours

This is somewhat of an institution in Nelson. Great range of flavours that constantly change. Ginger and chilli flakes, apple strudel and boysenberry wine were just some of the really interesting and tasty ones. Definitely worth a visit with or without kids.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
CraigandTania
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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292 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

This is somewhat of an institution in Nelson. Great range of flavours that constantly change. Ginger and chilli flakes, apple strudel and boysenberry wine were just some of the really interesting and tasty ones. Definitely worth a visit with or without kids.

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Pukekohe, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Nicest gelato/sorbets ever, and I'm quite a gelato junkie. The lemon is quite different (Better!) and the white chocolate and rosemary, is pretty special

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Thank devr0
Haifa, Israel
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

We've had 2 cones with 3 flavours in total. All were not tasty at all. We ended up throwing it away, disappointed.

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Thank Zvi C
Nelson, New Zealand
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Extremely overpriced ice cream with very little actual flavour or texture. Disappointing by New Zealand standards despite trying two of the silver medal winners.

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Thank Neil B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

There are both "normal" and some very strange flavours, the guy gave us some samples and all were really good. We ended up buying watermelon, mint leaves and chilli (yea, that's just one flavour), and were surprised how good it was! The owner was a really nice and genuine guy too, which made the experience even more worth it.

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Thank moahan
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Watermelon, mint leaves & chili doesn't sound like a good ice cream flavour mix, right? Wrong. It's fantastic, and not the only 100 percent whacko-but-delicious flavour in store. You should definitely make time for an ice cream cone of bizarre deliciousness when in Nelson.

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Thank Gustav N
Nelson, New Zealand
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

How do you choose or will you trust your favourite flavour. A place of delightfully made ice-creams that are enticingly presented if your want to really indulge.

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Thank John H
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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87 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

My sister and I took a quick look at the flavors and quickly decided on the sample platter. So. Worth. It. We liked them all but absolutely loved the roasted coconut with sea salt and the mango lassie. Phillip is so talented but he's completely humble and wonderful to talk to. His flavors are delicate and expertly crafted, none of... More 

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Thank Chloeah
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Having tried Gelato elsewhere we thought this place would be ok but were left disappointed. For starters, a single scoop flavour was $4.50 which we felt was a little expensive for the tiny scoop we had. Not as good of a flavour variety either. Melted very quickly and it wasn't even a hot day!

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Thank KirstyD24
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66 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

The honey lavender ice cream was so good. The owner talked with us for like 20 minutes just for fun. He is such a nice person it's fun just to chat with him. The ice cream is home made and delicious, highly recommended to those who love ice cream

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 85 Montgomery Square, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: 03 545 6450

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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