The rate for most on-street meters run by the Christchurch City Council is $3.10 per hour. The Council has introduced $2 per hour meter rates in some areas of the Central City. The hours of operation are on each meter.

How to pay for a parking meter

Our meters take coins, credit card (Visa or Mastercard) and some accept mobile phone text payments (Vodafone and Telecom). A 50 cent transaction fee applies to payments made by credit card or text. A receipt from a parking meter can be used as a GST receipt or proof of a business expense.

Parking meter hours

Please check the operating hours/days and time limits that are displayed on each meter. Public holidays are free. Please note private companies may have different operating hours at their car parks.

Parking coupons

Parking coupons must be displayed on the dashboard, as you would a pay and display ticket. If you have time remaining on your coupon after parking at a meter, you can re-use the coupon at any other parking meter and, provided the coupon has not been used previously, it can be used even if the year has expired. They can be used in any 'on street' metered parking area. Old coupons can be used. Coupons can also be ordered through Anita King, coupon supplier, phone (03) 941 5244 .

Parking coupon costs

30 minute coupons (ten per book) $15.50
60 minute coupons (ten per book) $31.
Coupons cannot be purchased over the telephone by credit card. Parking coupons are all cash on delivery. Coupons are normally sold by the book but some outlets do sell them individually. Businesses can order coupon books if they have an account (minimum order is five books).

You can buy coupons from:

Inner City:

City Mall; Christchurch City Council – Cashiers, 53 Hereford Street


Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street


Bishopdale Library, Farrington Avenue


Fendalton Service Centre, Cnr Clyde and Jeffreys Road


Linwood Service Centre, upstairs in Library (Eastgate Mall)


Papanui Service Centre, Cnr Langdons Rd and Restell St


Riccarton Service Centre, 199 Clarence Street


Shirley Service Centre, 36 Marshland Road