Parking sensors

A parking sensor is a small electronic device installed in the ground of each parking bay. It detects and records the time a vehicle arrives and departs in a parking space.

Photo of a parking sensor in tarmac.

We've introduced about 3500 parking sensors in the metered parking spaces in the central city.

How parking sensors work

The sensors are very accurate and record the exact time a vehicle enters and leaves a parking space. The sensors are synchronised through a central server, which is set to standard New Zealand time. The devices our parking officers use are synchronised with the same server.


We carried out the work in four sectors. Once the new system was been tested in each sector, it’s ready to use. 

All the sensors have been operating from 31 October 2016.

Sector      Street Pay by Space operating
1 Parliament to Harris Street Yes
2 Wakefield Street to Tory Street Yes
3 Cable Street to Oriental Bay Yes
4 Molesworth Street to Hutt Road Yes

Sector 1-4

We've installed 900 sensors in Sector 1, 835 sensors in Sector 2, 829 sensors in Sector 3 and 714 sensors in Sector 4 and have tested them all.   

Sector 1 Sector 2 Sector 3  Sector 4 
Aurora Street Abel Smith Street Allen Street

Aitken Street

Ballance Street Bond Street Alpha Street Ballantrae Place
Bolton Street Boulcott Street Barker Street Hutt Road (South)
Bowen Street Bute Street Barnett Street Kate Sheppard Place
Brandon Street Cuba Street Blair Street Molesworth Street
Bunny Street Dixon Street Cable Street Mulgrave Street
Customhouse Quay Dunlop Terrace Cambridge Terrace Murphy Street
Featherston Street Garrett Street Chaffers Street Pipitea Street
Grey Street Ghuznee Street College Street Thorndon Quay
Harris Street Inglewood Place Courtenay Place  
Hunter Street Knigges Street Ebor Street  
Jervois Quay Leeds Street Fifeshire Avenue  
Johnston Street Marion Street Frederick Street  
Lambton Quay Market Lane Freyberg Pool Carpark  
Maginnity Street Mercer Street Haining Street  
Panama Street Taranaki Street Holland Street  
Stout Street Victoria Street (South) Jessie Street  
The Terrace Vivian Street Kent Terrace  
Victoria Street (North) Wakefield Street Lorne Street  
Waring-Taylor Street Walter Street Majoribanks Street  
Waterloo Quay Willis Street Oriental Parade  
Whitmore Street   Tennyson Street  
Willeston Street   Tory Street  
    York Street  

Loading zones

We may do loading zones later. We’ve prioritised installing the sensors in the metered parking spaces. Parking officers will keep enforcing parking restrictions for loading zones as per the signage. 

About the system

We trialled two types of parking sensors in Blair and Allen Streets. We decided to use the Smart Parking parking sensors.

Smart Parking is a leader in parking technology. Other cities in New Zealand, Australia and around the world use this technology.

More information


Phone 04 801 3040
Location map.



Wellington City Council Service Centre - Parking Enquiries

Phone 04 801 3040
Postal Address PO Box 2199
Wellington 6140
Street Address Ground Floor, 101 Wakefield Street (Civic Square)
Monday – Friday

8am – 5pm