Parking in the Whanganui District 

The Council maintains off-street car parks and a network of on-street meters and time restricted areas, which are monitored by parking officers.

Off-street parks:

​Name​​Location​Number of parks
KingswaySt Hill Street51
St Hill Street58
Opera HouseSt Hill Street20
PhoenixDrews Avenue18
​Drews AvenueDrews Avenue8
WharenuiIngestre Street25
RegentIngestre Street18
MuseumDrews Avenue59
Footlab​​Drews Avenue40

All off-street car parks are sealed, marked, have a minimum of security lighting and are sign posted. Winstone, Wharenui and Phoenix parks have ‘pay and display’ machines installed. The others are mostly rental parks.

There are 615 kerbside metered parking spaces and 1118 time restricted areas around the Central City area. These are monitored to ensure regular turnover and availability of spaces. Offenders are ticketed, fined and followed up. Suburbs are serviced on demand.

Parking Services patrol between the hours of 8.00am to 5.30pm weekdays and Saturdays, and outside these hours when necessary.

Typical parking charges are:

Victoria Avenue$2.00 per hour
Drews Avenue$1.00 per hour (for a maximum of two hours)
Side Streets$1.00 per hour
Pay and display50 cents per hour
Rentals $20.00 per week

Parking fees apply Monday to Saturday, 8.00am to 5.30pm. Transaction fee applies if credit card or Vodafone 'text a park' used.

The Drews Avenue parking precinct is a pay and display area. Failure to purchase parking will incur a $40.00 infringement fee. Expired parking or exceeding the time limit will incur infringements commencing at $12.00. Depending on the length of stay, this may be up to $57.00, calculated on a graduating scale.

Long term parking at the Airport is controlled by a parking meter (pay by entering registration plate number) located in the terminal building which accepts coins and credit cards. The cost is $10.00 per day (24hrs). A card transaction will attract normal fees of 50c.

The car park is open from 6.30am until after the last incoming aircraft, and is secured and monitored at all other times.

Traffic control and temporary signage is provided for special events such as marches, street parades and market days.

Parking Services is responsible for $2 million of assets.

Gold Card - Senior Parking scheme​

​This scheme gives SuperGold Card holders, who have applied to Council for a permit to display in their vehicle, free parking between 8.00am and 11.00am, Monday to Friday, in the Central Business District area.

The concession scheme applies to the area contained within St Hill Street, Taupo Quay, Drews Avenue, Watt Street, Wicksteed Street and Ingestre Street and includes all metered parking spaces.

Goldcard – Senior Parking card holders are reminded that the scheme allows free parking within the time frame of 8.00am to 11.00am, but that the time limits set for parking spaces still apply.

This means that in Victoria Avenue the senior parking concession applies for up to one hour of free parking in any single space, and up to two hours for metered spaces in Ridgway Street, Maria Place and Guyton Street.

Current concession card holders will be sent a new card. SuperGold Card holders who would like to apply for a Goldcard – Senior Parking permit can collect an application form from the Customer Services Counter, Whanganui District Council, 101 Guyton Street, Whanganui or download an application form.

Gold Card - Senior Parking application form​ (PDF, 24KB)

Use the form below if you need to explain why you should not receive a parking infringement.

Page reviewed: 01 Sep 2017 3:05pm