Loco Bar

Loco Bar

Life's a party at LOCO! Whangarei's coolest, hippest, most vibrant & fun Bar and Eatery. Serving amazing cocktails, a delicious South American inspired menu and a carefully selected variety of beers, wines and non alcoholic beverages. The bright umbrellas, tropical plants and outdoor setting overlooking the boats & water in the Town Basin give a year round summer vibe. Come on down to Northlands favourite hang out!

Our Story

Mike and Lloyd are passionate well-travelled foodies.  They strive to always bring the best of what they have loved from all around the world to Loco Bar and her sister restaurants No.8, The Quay and The Cove.

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 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 4th 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.

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