Where to Park

There is a variety of parking options in New Plymouth's CBD, from on-street to off-street and leased parking spaces.

The parking meters have an in-built 10 minute courtesy period for you to arrange your payment for parking. If you’re going to be less than 10 minutes then by all means duck in and out free of charge – just be sure to return before the 10 minutes are up!

The easy-to-use PayMyPark app enables users to pay for parking via their smartphone. Users can extend their parking time remotely, receive an alert when their paid parking is about to expire, or use the start/stop function and pay for only the parking minutes that are used.

Where to Park

We have a user pays parking system to help ensure access for all to car parks. Income from parking is used to offset rates.

Council-managed car parking areas are available seven days a week, 24 hours a day (unless otherwise stated below) and are free after 5pm and on Sundays and public holidays. 

Time restrictions (e.g. P60 and P10 parks) apply between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday unless otherwise stated on the sign.

There is a 10 minute grace period to give you time to sort out payment for your space. If you haven't paid for your parking within this time you are liable for a $40 fine for failing to activate the parking meter. There is no grace period for time restricted spaces (e.g. P60 and P10 spaces).

Motorbike parks are free.

Don't know how long you will be?

The Downtown car parking building has a pay as you exit system - perfect if you don't know how long you will be and it's only $1 per hour. It is also handy to the court house or police station and has easy access to Devon Street through Metro Plaza (near Subway).

Ways to pay for parking

There are different ways of paying for parking - 

  • Coins
  • Paywave
  • Credit card (50c fee and $2 minimum payment, with payments accepted in two-hour increments)
  • PayMyPark app (users can top-up their parking from anywhere in the city and receive alerts when the paid parking is about to expire. ‘Start-Stop’ function, which enables users to pay for the exact amount of parking used.)

SuperGold Cardholder Benefits

Park for free up to 11am, Mondays to Saturdays in all Council paid-parking spaces providing a SuperGold card or an alternative Council parking card is displayed on the dashboard. This does not apply to time-restricted parking spaces, e.g. P30 parks. Contact us for an alternative Council parking card.

If you plan to stay beyond 11am, purchase the extra time as you arrive, our handheld devices will register that you have paid beyond 11am.

Time limits still apply. For example there is a two hour time limit on Devon Street, this time limit applies to SuperGold cardholders.

The SuperGold card is unable to be used in automated car parks, and therefore at this time cannot be used in the Downtown car park,  this is because a paid ticket must be presented to the machine to exit.  The SuperGoldcard applies in all other Council car parks

Mobility Cardholders

Got a mobility card? You must still activate the meter but whatever time you pay for will be doubled as long as you display your mobility card on the dashboard. You can also double your stay in P30s and P60s (but not P180s, P120s, P15s or under).

Mobility cards must be displayed. Current international mobility cards can be used in New Zealand. If your mobility card is not displayed you are liable for a fine of $150. 

On street parking

Area Fees Apply
Gill Street (between Liardet and Gover streets) $2/hour
9am-5pm Monday - Saturday
New Plymouth CBD $2/hour
9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday
Urenui, Waitara, Inglewood, Fitzroy, Westown, Strandon, Moturoa, Oakura and
Okato shopping areas
Free (time restricted)

Off street parking 

Area   Fees Apply
Downtown car park (Powderham Street between Brougham and Currie streets)

Covered car parking, access to Devon Street, close to the court and police.

Available 24/7

At this time the SuperGold card is unable to be used in automated car parks, like Downtown car park.
This is because a paid ticket must be presented to the machine to exit.

Egmont car park (access from Egmont Street) $2/hour
9am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Puke Ariki north car park (access from St Aubyn Street)

Partially covered, has campervan parking.
9am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Wind Wand car park (opposite corner of Egmont and St Aubyn streets) $1/hour
9am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Upper Courtenay Street car park (front of The Warehouse) Free (time restricted)
Lower Courtenay Street car park (below The Warehouse), open 7am - midnight

Undercover parking. Good parking for Event Cinemas. 
8am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Powderham car park (between Vivian and Powderham streets) $1/hour
8am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Central car park (between Devon and Powderham streets opposite TSB Showplace) $1/hour
8am-5pm Monday to Saturday
Molesworth car park (Molesworth Street) $1/hour
8am-5pm Monday to Saturday