About

The Quay

World Class Restaurant and Bar in Whangarei

Lloyd and Mike and all our staff welcome you to The Quay. The Quay is in a premier location in Northland right on the Hatea river at the heart of the marina in the town basin. Spectacular Views from the deck and veranda over the marina. The Quay is a world class restaurant serving the best cuisine in a beautiful interior with impeccable service. We source our food as locally and as sustainably as possible with many local producers being at the heart of our business. The bar and wine list is as equally as important as the food and we pride ourselves on having an incredibly extensive wine list serving some of the best national and international wines. So from the fish caught right here in Bream Bay by local fisherman to the wine made just up the road in Keri Keri come to the Quay to enjoy a truly local world class experience.

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.