Free parking in the city centre on Saturdays and Sundays

21 January 2019

Free parking in the city centre on Saturdays and Sundays


Council resolved in December 2018 to begin a one-year trial of free parking in the city centre on Saturdays. 

City Transformation Chair Larry Baldock said that this was a decision made with the community in mind, and an opportunity to encourage more people to visit the city centre in the weekend.

“There are more and more events, activities, retail and hospitality experiences popping up in the city centre and we want people to know that there are plenty of parks available free of charge,” he said.

The city centre has over 3,500 parks, including Elizabeth Street carpark, Spring Street car park, offsite parks along the waterfront and on-street parking.

While all parks are now free on Saturdays, on-street parks will have set time restrictions. Off-street parking and parking buildings do not have time limits on Saturdays. Parking is free on Sundays as normal.

The decision at Council came about from a close working relationship with Mainstreet Tauranga in developing initiatives to respond to the challenges of a growing city centre. Mainstreet Tauranga proposed the free parking initiative to support their retail members.

“We are really pleased to support Mainstreet Tauranga members, and work with all our city centre partners on addressing challenges and taking up opportunities”, said Cr. Baldock.

“This is a whole new level of collaboration, and we are in an exciting time of development for the growth of our city centre, creating great space to live, work, learn and play.”