About

The Quay

Cafe, Restaurant and Bar Whangarei

Lloyd and Mike welcome you to the Quay where we hope to deliver a true gate to plate experience.  Whether it is sourcing grass fed Angus or Hereford prime from local Northland farmers or fresh oysters direct from Paihia we try to ensure what we provide is grown right on our doorstep. Through our very own Vege shack located on the rich volcanic soils of Maungakaramea we sustainably grow most of the vegetables you will enjoy when dining with us at The Quay.

Our Story

Owners Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser have grown from a single restaurant, The Cove in Waipu Cove, and their beef and sheep farm, Highgate Hill in the Waikato to now include The Quay in Whangarei, The Dune in Mangawhai and Number 8 Whangarei. The farming venture also include our market garden, The Vege Shack, in Maungakaramea which we supply all our Northland restaurants with fresh seasonal produce.

Our Story

The Great Highgate Trading Company Ltd was formed to manage the restaurant and farming ventures of Lloyd Rooney and Mike Fraser. The group has grown from a single restaurant, The Cove in Waipu Cove, and their beef and sheep farm, Highgate Hill in the Waikato to now include The Quay in Whangarei and The Dune in Mangawhai. Our farming ventures have also grown in recent months to include a market garden, The Vege Shack, in Maungakaramea near Whangarei in Northland.

the vege shack

We also, through our very own Vege Shack located in Maungakaramea grow most of the vegetables used in our dishes. These are grown using organic techniques in rich volcanic soil giving complete traceability on the produce delivered directly to your plate.

The Quay to the Cove Cookbook

It’s a cookbook with a personal story, tracing the background of charismatic British entrepreneur Lloyd Rooney and his partner Mike Fraser, who have now just opened there 6th restaurant together in NZ.

Together they have the Cove in Waipu, an iconic cafe that made the top 100 eateries in NZ last year - The Quay in Whangarei, The Dune in Mangawhai and now Number 8 in Whangarei.

Available for purchase at all of our restaurants and from all good book stores!

We are currently in the process of writing our second cookbook which will touch on the lives and recipes of our 6 amazing head chefs.