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Where to park

It's free to park on the street in the city centre. There's a two-hour time limit and then you need to move your vehicle to a paid parking area. If you’re staying longer it’s best to use the parking buildings or the all-day off-street car parks.

On-street parking

It's free to park on the street in the city centre.

  • There’s a two hour time limit and then you must move your vehicle to a paid parking area.
  • The two-hour time limit applies to all streets between Harington Street and Second Avenue, except where P15, P30 and P60 spaces are signposted.
  • Time restrictions for on-street parking apply Monday to Saturday, 8am – 4pm.
  • Free parking with a two-hour time limit is a trial to help support local businesses. It will be reviewed in 2021.

Off-street car parks (short term)

Short-term off-street car parks are free. Time restrictions apply 9am - 3pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Library/Council car park (entry off Hamilton Street) – P180
  • Masonic car park P120 (entry off Willow Street by the bus stop) – P120
  • Devonport Road car park P180 (entry at top of Elizabeth Street) – P180

Off-street car parks (all day)

Normal fees apply at the all-day off-street car parks. Time restrictions apply 9am – 3pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Cliff Road
  • Dive Crescent
  • Waterfront Strand (entry off Dive Crescent)
  • TV3 rooftop carpark (corner Durham and Wharf)

Parking buildings

Parking buildings are open 24/7. Hourly rates apply.

  • Elizabeth Street parking building (entrances on Elizabeth Street and First Avenue)
  • Spring Street parking building (entry on Durham Street)

Both parking buildings are free on weekends (6am Saturday – 6am Monday) and free on public holidays. If you enter a parking building after 3pm on a weekday, hourly rates apply up to a maximum charge of $5 (until 6am the next day).

Full list of parking fees

CBD parking map (94kb pdf)

Questions about free parking

All on-street car parking in the city centre is free with a two-hour time limit (there are some parking spaces with 15, 30 and 60min limits). Time restrictions apply. If you overstay you are likely to be ticketed.

The three short-term off-street car parks are also free with time restrictions.

  • Council car park P180 (three-hour limit)
  • Masonic car park P120 (two-hour limit)
  • Devonport Road car park P180 (three-hour limit)

Normal fees apply at the all-day car parks and the two parking buildings.

There is no ability to pay for extra parking time in the free-parking zone. Please observe the time restrictions or you are likely to be ticketed.

The maximum time limit for parking on the street is two hours (P120). There is a small number of P15, P30 and P60 spaces in the city centre.

Street-parking: time limits apply Monday to Saturday, 8am - 4pm.

Short-term off-street car parks: time limits apply Monday to Friday, 9am -3pm.

Yes, even though on-street parking is now free, if you park your car for longer than the posted time limit you’re likely to get a parking ticket.

We have parking officers on patrol as usual. Licence Plate Recognition technology will be used from September to identify any vehicles that overstay the time restriction.

If you think you will need more than two hours, please use the parking buildings or the off-street car parks. Normal charges apply for these. The aim of the free parking is to make it easy for people to find car parks when they are shopping or attending to business for short periods of time.

  • Cliff Road
  • Dive Crescent
  • Waterfront Strand (entry off Dive Crescent)
  • TV3 rooftop carpark (corner Durham and Wharf)
  • Elizabeth Street parking building (entrances on Elizabeth Street and First Avenue)
  • Spring Street parking building (entry on Durham Street)

The on-street parking machines display a message to say ‘free parking – time restrictions apply’. You don't need to use the machines unless paying to park your car at the all-day off-street car parks: Cliff Road, Dive Crescent, Strand Waterfront or TV3 Rooftop. 

If you choose to drive into town, the best option for all-day parking is to use the off-street car parks or parking buildings.

  • Cliff Road car park ($5.00 per day) - closed and locked on weekends, public holidays and between 7pm - 7am weekdays. 
  • Dive Crescent car park ($6.00 per day)
  • Waterfront car park ($8.00 per day) - closed and locked between 11:30pm - 6am Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
  • TV3 rooftop car park ($8.00 per day)
  • Elizabeth Street parking building (open 24/7)
  • Spring Street parking building (open 24/7)

Yes, you can still use PayMyPark for the all-day off-street car parks. As the free parking is a trial, all zones will continue to show up on the app including the free parking areas. The app won’t let you pay for parking in the free parking areas.

Leased parking

If you have any queries about leased parking or would like to apply for a leased car park please email info@carepark.co.nz or phone Care Park on 0508 727 533. Phones are monitored 24/7.

Paying for parking

Paperless parking machines and PayMyPark app

Full list of parking fees


Last Reviewed: 27/07/2021

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