We all know that parking in the CBD is expensive, but just how expensive. Well I thought I would not only find out, but map it and here are the results. I have included in these maps all of the carparks managed by Auckland Transport, Tournament Parking, Wilson Parking as well as a couple of others that I am aware of. Not all carparks are created equal though, some are just a handful of spaces on a small site where as others are monstrous buildings housing hundreds, if not thousands of parking spaces.
First up we have early-bird parking. I imagine that this is what the majority of commuters pay and at most carparks, drivers are able to achieve early-bird prices if they arrive before 9:30am or 10am. The big exception to this are the carparks controlled by Auckland Transport which require drivers to enter before 8:30am (K Rd is 9:30am). When you think about it, this is incredibly stupid as it encourages people to drive right at the time when the roads are at their busiest. Also included in this map are any carparks that offer a set all day fee. A few bits of info on the prices:
- It’s hard to give an an average early-bird price as it depends on which sites you include/exclude however in the central city most tend to be in the range of $11-$15 per day.
- The cheapest park seems to be the surface level carpark behind the Bledisloe building managed by AT which charges a flat fee of only $6 per day.
- The most expensive is a small Wilson carpark on Swanson St which charges $19 per day.
- If you exclude the two super cheap AT carparks, the best deal for early-bird parking seems to be at Skycity which is $14 however you can use your ticket to get a free coffee from their Rebo Pronto café on the ground floor.
Next I looked at how much it would cost to park in the city casually for two hours. This produced some interesting results (note: there is a different scale).
- In many of the carparks, especially ones managed by Wilsons, it was actually more expensive to park for two hours than it was to use early-bird parking.
- By far the cheapest locations were those managed by Auckland Transport and in many cases they are less than half the price of nearby parks managed by private companies.
- The most expensive place to park is in the SAP tower off Wyndham St which would cost $32 for two hours.
Now one of the reasons that the AT buildings are by far the cheapest comes back to a decision a few months ago to deliberately price them that way in a bid to encourage people to use them, rather than on street car parks and was tied in with the new on street parking prices. It was at this time that AT brought forward the early-bird parking time too. In AT’s latest board report there is some information on the impact those changes had.
Notable changes in off-street parking CBD car park buildings for the period 1 January to 31 March 2013, compared to same period in 2012, have been:
- A 19% (41,000) increase in the total casual customer count, from 216,000 to 257,000. Casual revenue decreased $55,000 for the same period, due to the price reduction, offset by increased patronage.
- Casual customers are on average parking for a longer duration. The average duration in 2012 was 1 hour 30 minutes, while the recent 2013 average duration was 2 hours and 20 minutes. Customers staying less than one hour reduced by 24%.
- A 30% average decline in Early Bird customers across Civic, Downtown and Victoria Street car parks. A 19% growth in Early Bird customers at K Road car park.
- In total, revenue for off-street car parking receipts for the quarter reduced by 9% ($226k).
The graphs below show the number of customers for each product type since the CCPZ was introduced compared to the same period last year.
I will look at the impacts on on-street parking in a separate post.