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Understanding parking in our cityNgā kōrero o te whakatū waka ki tēnei tāone

If you’ve flouted the rules for parking in Napier's cbd, and have been issued with a fine, you have 28 days to pay. The below covers payment options and explains what happens if you don’t pay up. It also includes other useful info about airport parking, bus parking and EV charging.

Parking in Napier

Parking in Napier's city centre is subject to time limits and fees. These vary and are determined according to the distance from the town centre.Parking Feb 2020 9

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We do not manage parking at Hawke's Bay Airport. Nor do we own or monitor the Ocean Boulevard car park.

Please note NCC is not authorised to deal with issues on private property or in private carparks (such as supermarkets).

Hours of Operation - Paid Parking

Paid parking applies from Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

This applies in all areas of the City where pay and display or on street meters are in place, with the exception of Symons Lane and Symons Lane Carpark where paid parking ends at 1.00 pm on a Saturday.

Please note that all other parking restrictions apply 24 hours a day unless clearly sign-posted.

Parking Fees

Parking fees in high demand areas of Napier are set at a rate to encourage fast turnaround of on-street carparks.

Free parking from two hours is available on the outer edges of the CBD, with the aim of reducing congestion in the middle of town.

Loading Zones

There are two types of loading zone signs:

Loading Zone - Goods Service vehicles only

Only for vehicles that are classified as goods service vehicles under the Land Transport Act.

Loading Zone

Means any vehicle can stop there as long as it is loading or unloading goods and is not left unattended for more than five minutes or time that is specified on the signage.

Emerson Street

Emerson Street from the top of Hastings Street to Clive Square East is a 10-minute (P10) Loading Zone for any vehicle.

Driver/Owner Responsibility

Drivers are responsible for any fines they incur, whether they are driving their own car or someone else's. If you receive an infringement notice for a Stationary Vehicle Offence that someone else committed while using your car, the Council can redirect the infringement notice to them if you provide in writing their full name, current address of the driver, date of birth and the infringement notice number.

All drivers should ensure they park legally and should check the signage in the area in which they stop.

Bus Parking

Passenger Buses arriving in the CBD of Napier are recommended to drop passengers off and relocate the bus. Parking is available at the following sites:

  • The non-restricted parking areas north of Ocean Spa (free parking).
  • The southern end of Marine Parade past the children's play ground (free parking).

It is recommended that drivers carefully plan any passenger drops and bus parking requirements as it may take some time to effectively park and transit from a bus.

Electric Vehicle Charging

Unison has a public charging station next to the Quest Hotel, 206 Dickens Street, Napier. Before using a Unison Power Park, please make sure you have read their Power Park terms and conditions.

For more information see the Unison website or phone 0800 2 UNISON (0800 2 86476).

Airport Parking

Three car parks are available for the convenience of passengers and visitors to the Hawke's Bay Airport. Napier City Council does not manage these car parks. Click below for more information about parking at the airport.

Pay Parking Fines

Parking fines are generally required to be paid within 28 days. If your parking fine is not paid within 28 days of the infringement notice being issued, the vehicle holder will receive a reminder notice in the post. Then if the fine is not paid within 28 days of the reminder being issued, it will be lodged with the Courts. The fine, plus an administration cost, will then need to be paid directly to the Court (not to Council).

If you can't pay your fine before the due date, ask for the Parking Department at the Council for advice.

Discounts are available if you pay your ticket within 7 days, but only if stated on your ticket.

View payment options for parking fines

Pay Parking Fines


Road User Charges
0800 655 644
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Motor Vehicle Registration
0800 108 809
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Driver Licensing
0800 822 422
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Napier Car Parking Map


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