Central city car park buildings

Find out about Council-owned car park buildings in the central city.

Clifton Car Park weekend special in December

The first two hours are free, then $2 per hour after that, maximum $8 per day, on the following weekends:

  • Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December
  • Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December
  • Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 December

Clifton Car Park is located off the Terrace – view on Google maps. To get to Lambton Quay from Clifton Car Park, take the walkway at the north end of the car park which goes through the Woodward Street tunnel to Lambton Quay, or catch the famous Cable Car down to the city from the south end.

The entrance to Clifton Car Park from The Terrace.
The entrance to Clifton Car Park from The Terrace.

Clifton Car Park


Off The Terrace - maximum height: 1.95 metres. | View on Google Maps

Hours and fees

All day: $5 per hour or part thereof
Maximum daily charge: $20

Saturday−Sunday, public holidays
All day: $2 per hour or part thereof
Maximum daily charge: $8

Fees are charged per visit - if you leave the car park and return later that day, you will need to pay again.

Overnight parking
If you leave your car parked overnight you will be charged each day you are parked there. For example, if you park all day Wednesday, stay overnight and then leave late on the Thursday you could be charged a maximum of $20 for each day, or $8 if it's the weekend or a holiday.

Motorcycle/scooter parking
There is free parking for motorcycles and scooters on the first floor of the main building.

Maximum length of stay: 2 weekdays
Vehicles left in the car park for more than 2 weekdays in a row will be towed at the owner’s expense.

How to pay

  • Take a ticket when you enter and pay at a pay station before returning to your vehicle with cash, credit/debit card or EFTPOS or at an exit station with your credit/debit card.
  • Use your chip credit/debit card when you enter and the same card at the exit station when you leave.
  • With a stored value card, which can be bought for $10 from the car park office. These can be topped up at the pay stations or with an automatic credit card payment.

Reserved parking spaces and fees

Four areas in Clifton Car Park are set aside for reserved parking:

  • Kumutoto (17 spaces) (under the Boulcott and Everton overpasses, southernmost section): $270 per month (including GST)
  • Clifton South (109 spaces) (by Kumutoto Lane, central section): $300 per month (including GST)
  • Clifton Terrace (86 spaces) (on Rosina Fell Lane, northernmost section): $375 per month (including GST)
  • Clifton Covered Area (45 spaces) (nested area in the main building): $400 per month (including GST)

There's high demand for these reserved parks and a long waiting list (2-4 years depending on the location). To join the waiting list, download and fill in the application form.

Clifton Car Park Reserved Parking Waitlist form

Michael Fowler Centre Car Park

The Michael Fowler Centre car park is closed, as the land is being used for a new temporary home for the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Civic Square

The Civic Square car park is closed due to the Central Library being shut.

About the Central Library closure

Need help?

You can phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444 or email info@wcc.govt.nz