Changes to parking

From May 2018, there are some changes to parking in our district.

The main changes are:

  • Drivers will now be able to park for up to 90 minutes in metered parks in Victoria Avenue
  • Mobility Card Holders will get an extra 30 minutes on top of paid parking

More information

Media release: Parking changes include longer stays in Victoria Avenue

Parking Management Plan 2017

Parking Management Bylaw 2017

Frequently Asked Questions about the changes to parking

Longer term changes include:

  • Super Gold Card Holders will be able to park for free, within the time limits of the parking space, between 8.00am and 11.00am, Monday to Friday
  • An annual permit will be introduced for tradespersons, delivery people, sales representatives and commercial realtors to enable parking in metered or timed car-parking spaces with an annual permit

  • The current campervan parking spaces on Moutoa Quay will be moved along a few spaces in a north-west direction.  The reason for this is that campervans currently park close to the edge of a building which causes issues with pulling in and out of the spaces. This change will give drivers more room to manovere.

  • Two 60 minute parking spaces will be added to Bates Street, outside the Court House and Plunket

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
HannahsDrews 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$1.00 per half hour (for a maximum of 90 mins)
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.

The Drews Avenue parking precinct is a pay and display area. Failure to purchase parking will incur a $12.00 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 90 minutes of free parking in any single space, and up to two hours for metered spaces in Ridgway Street, Maria Place and Guyton Street.

SuperGold Card holders who would like to apply for a Goldcard – Senior Parking permit can collect an application form from the Council, 101 Guyton Street, Whanganui or download an application form.

Important information: The Council is updating the SuperGold Card parking scheme.  SuperGold Card holders who currently have a parking permit will be notified of the changes by mail, along with an application form for a new card. There will no charge for the new card.

SuperGold Card parking scheme application form (161KB)

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

Mobility Card users

Mobility parking permit holders can use mobility parking spaces, which are wider than standard parks and closer to venues. These spaces are marked with the disability symbol and in many areas are now painted blue.

(Information thanks to CCS Disability Action website)

In Whanganui, people with Mobility Cards can park in marked mobility spaces, or in time restricted or paid metred parking spaces. Please clearly display your Mobility Card on your dashboard at all times.

Mobility Card Holders are entitled to an extra 30 minutes of parking in metered and non-metered spaces after payment has been made.

General information for Mobility Card Holders  (CCS Disability Action brochure)

Information for Mobility Card Holders in Whanganui

 Parking explanation form

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

Page reviewed: 12 Nov 2018 2:09pm