How to pay for Pay by Space parking

Our parking meters accept cash or credit card. You can also pay for Pay by Space parking using SmartPark Live or the smartphone app PayMyPark.

How Pay by Space parking works

Each parking space in the central city has its own number, which you'll find on the kerb. Our parking sensor system activates when you park, so your session starts immediately.

If the parking space number is missing please phone our Contact Centre on 04 499 4444.

Using a parking meter

  1. Enter the parking space number in the parking meter.
  2. Choose your time and payment method: cash or credit card (including PayWave).
  3. Pay and walk away – you don't need to display your receipt in your vehicle.

Using SmartPark Live

SmartPark Live is a GPS-activated parking payment method which is cloud-based and fully hands-free.

SmartPark Live

Using the PayMyPark app

PayMyPark allows you to pay for your parking from your smartphone. It's free to download.

PayMyPark smartphone app

Cashless meters

We have a number of cashless parking meters in the city centre. This does not reduce payment options for customers, and there will always be a cash meter within 40 metres. Read our media release for more information.

The cashless meters offer e-receipting, removing the need to print a paper receipt. Customers can access their receipt by scanning a QR code using their smartphone, or entering their details online. 

How to obtain an e-receipt (336KB PDF)

If your chosen payment method isn't working

Please choose another method, or phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444. If you don't pay for the time you park, you may receive a parking ticket.

Check signs for restrictions

Clearways, bus lanes, special vehicle parking and time restrictions may apply during paid parking hours. Check the signs and parking meter screens for information about how long you can park for.

Need help?

You can phone our Contact Centre any time on 04 499 4444 or email