Parking meter guides and parking zones

The council operates ParkEasy MetroLite Touch parking meters that operate on a pay-by-plate parking system.

The meters feature three payment methods – coins, tap-and-go (credit/debit card) and a QR code for smartphone use that connects to the ParkEasy payment portal.

You can also download the ParkMate app to pay for or top up your parking. Find out more about how to use the ParkMate app here.

Once a payment has been made, you are able to move your vehicle anywhere on the same street as you made the payment until your purchased time runs out. For example, if you pay for one hour on Victoria Avenue you may move anywhere on Victoria Avenue until that hour runs out. You can also pay for, or top up your parking, at any meter on the same street as you parked originally.

You can learn about how to use these meters by watching the video below or by downloading the user guide(PDF, 768KB).

Pay for parking using coins

Paying for parking with coins on Metrolite Touch Screen Meter without free time

Paying with a card

How to get an e-receipt

Download the ParkMate app

Download the ParkMate app here

Having the ParkMate app allows you to pay for, and top up your parking as well as look for parking spots around the Whanganui CBD. 

Find out more about the app here.

Parking zones

Parking zones have been introduced in the CBD to make moving between streets easier – zone one (red) is Victoria Avenue and zone two (yellow) refers to all other areas (please see map below).

A payment in a zone will allow movement anywhere within that zone. For example, if you pay for two hours on Ridgway Street and move to Watt Street during that time, the time remaining will follow the vehicle (meters will have signage stating which zone it is).

However, if a payment is made in zone two and the vehicle is moved to zone one then a new payment will be required.

Parking zones 2024

Parking meter locations

As part of updates to the council's Parking Bylaw and Controls, 14 new parking meters will be installed in CBD side streets – please see the map below.

The blue icons are existing meter locations – the purple icons indicate locations of the new meters that are scheduled to come into service on Monday, 5 August 2024.

Map of existing CBD parking meters in blue - new meters in purple will come into service on 5 August 2024