About The Gelato Caffe

mono railKia ora, hello and welcome to the wonderful world of Zabel's Gelato. Annett and I are passionate about our business and our product and always strive to go the extra mile. 'Quality' is our mantra and we like to think this is reflected in everything we do.


Born and bred in Wuppertal, Germany, hometown of the famous Schwebebahn, we moved to New Zealand in 2009, having previously lived in China before for some 7 years. We thought that life was too short to stay on beaten paths and decided to do something else, somewhere else. And why not in the land of the long white cloud? We travelled through NZ during a holiday ages ago and that made us come back. For good this time. We just love it here and so do our children.

The Caffe

We opened The Gelato Caffe in the winter of 2010 and have continuously developed our business since then. The number of our regular customers is growing daily and we have quite a few patrons from as far as Wellington and Auckland who stop in every time they're passing through. We often get asked, "can't you come to our place and open a shop just like yours!?"

inside photo of the gelato caffe


Recently we decided to develop our own Gelato brand and take it to where the people are; events, festivals etc. It's not so much that we've got nothing else to do but we are convinced that our product has the potential to go further. As we mentioned before, it's the quality that makes the difference. We hope you agree. So next time you are in, or passing through Hawera, why don't you pop in and see us and you can judge for yourselves.

your hosts

holger and annett

"Quality is our mantra and we like to think this is reflected in everything we do".
Holger and Annett Zabel

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Monday - Friday: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am - 1.00pm

Sunday: 10.00am - 3.00pm

Corner of High and Regent Street - Hawera, NZ

06 2786905