Parking and Traffic Control
This page contains information about the management of parking and traffic in the Kaikōura District including our parking rules, how to pay parking fines and traffic requirements for events.
Council is responsible for managing the safe and efficient use of the District’s roads and is on a journey to improve parking throughout the district.
Step 1: Adopt the new parking bylaw - late 2018
Step 2: Improve the arrangements around the town centre – late 2018.
Step 3: Improve parking arrangements in other areas of the district – 2019 + ongoing.
Parking rules and areas
Over December changes have been made to parking rules around the town centre to help improve traffic flows and make sure parking with appropriate time limits is available where it is needed most.
Thank you for your patience while this work has been underway - the unseasonable wet weather caused some delays but all new line marking and signs should be complete by Christmas.
- Standardizing the parking bay length to 7 metres where possible (to accommodate larger vehicles)
- Reducing the bus parking in West End to two bus stops plus two 120 minute bus parks
- Changes to some of the time limits along West End and around the Civic Centre to help make sure parking with appropriate time limits is available where it is needed most.
- Providing five parks capable of accommodating large motorhomes in West End car park
- Providing designated parks for electric vehicles only in West End car park (by the chargers)
- Providing time limit parks at the northern end of Deal Street for Civic Centre visitors
All parking rules apply from 8.30am- 5.30pm.
Parking meters in West End will be reprogrammed to charge summer parking fees on December 21st.
To allow locals and visitors time to adjust to recent changes, the parking rules will be enforced from 3rd January.
Kaikōura has several areas where parking or other traffic rules and restrictions apply. For full information please call 03 319 5026.
Parking fees and charges:
- charges for parking may be applied on Saturday, Sundays and Statutory public holidays.
- Peak (22 December – 31 January) $1.50 / hour
- Off peak (1 February – 21 December) $1.00 / hour
- Monthly permit (May – September incl only) $50.00/month
- Annual permit (Limited to 15 permits annually) or $650.00/year
The November 2018 Traffic Bylaw allows Council to set the rules for parking by making resolutions at Council meetings. This gives both residents and Council staff the option to raise individual parking issues with Council as needed. A resolution may be made under the bylaw;
- a) to regulate, control or prohibit any matter or thing generally, or for any specific classes of case, or in a particular case;
- or (b) that applies to all vehicles or traffic or to any specified class of vehicles or traffic using a road;
- or (c) that applies to any road or part of a road, greenspace adjoining the road, building, or transport station under the care, control, or management of the Council;
- or (d) that applies at any specified time or period of time.
The Council may subsequently amend or revoke any resolution made under this bylaw at any time.
How to pay:
- By mail - send a cheque to Kaikōura District Council office, Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikōura. Please include a cover note that lists the ticket number and licence plate number.
- Over the counter - bring your cheque, cash, or eftpos to the Kaikōura District Council office, Level 2, 96 West End, Kaikoura .
- Online - make a direct credit to Kaikōura District Council account number 02-0856-0011698-000. Please use ticket number and licence plate number as reference.
- International bank transfer - to make a direct credit transfer from an account outside of New Zealand (international bank transfer), you will need to provide Council’s account name (Kaikōura District Council), Council’s address (96 West End, Kaikōura), Council’s full account number (02-0856-0011698-000), Council’s bank details (Bank of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand) and the SWIFT BIC code (BKNZNZ22). Find out more about making a direct credit from an overseas bank account here.
If you wish to dispute a parking fine, you can email email@example.com or call us on 03 319 5026.
- the ticket number
- the vehicle registration
- your name and address
- the reason you are disputing the fine
Once your email is recieved, someone will be in touch as soon as possible.
An activity on the road reserve is a responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. Anyone planning any work that impacts the road reserve needs to provide Council with a completed Traffic Management Plan (TMP). This includes activities like putting up scaffolding, temporary or permanent signs or running events or stalls. The road reserve includes the road, footpath and berm.
A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) is a document that includes:
- The description of the activity
- The extend of the activity (how much space you intend to take)
- A plan showing the location and all signs/staff needed to protect the area
- A contingency plan in case something happens
- Does a speed limit restriction applies
- Details of any required road closures
- Details of how emergency services will be notified
Please note: Churchill Street and Beach Road form part of SH1. Anyone organising any work that impacts these areas should contact NZTA.
For more information, please call Council.