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.
The Council does not manage parking at the Hawke's Bay Airport. View information about parking at the Hawke's Bay Airport.
Council is not authorised to deal with issues on private property or in private carparks (such as supermarkets). The Ocean Boulevard car park is not owned or monitored by the Council.
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 ticket 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.
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.
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 unless clearly sign-posted.
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.
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.
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.
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 from the top of Herschell Street to Clive Square East is a 10 minutes (P10) Loading Zone for any vehicle.
Drivers are responsible for any fines they incur, whether they are driving their own car or someone else's. If you receive a ticket for a Stationary Vehicle Offence that someone else committed while using your car, the Council can redirect the ticket to them if you provide in writing their full name, current address of the driver, date of birth and the parking ticket number.
All drivers should ensure they park legally and should check the signage in the area in which they stop.
Napier Car Parking Map
Napier Car Parking Map
Road User Charges
0800 655 644
Motor Vehicle Registration
0800 108 809
0800 822 422