14 November 2018 - Rotorua’s new parking machines will start popping up in selected streets around town this month as part of a phased transition to modernise and improve inner city parking in Rotorua. Rotorua Lakes Council partnered with parking service provider i-Park in May this year.
If you’re keen to have a practice run using the new machines, we’ve got a demo machine set up and ready to go in the Customer Centre at Rotorua Lakes Council on Haupapa Street. Pop in and check it out.
“We want to try and make the transition to the new parking system as easy as possible,” says Council’s Community Compliance Team Leader, Kurt Williams.
“We’ve set up a demo parking machine that will operate in the same way as the new machines that people will start to see over the next few months in Rotorua’s inner city. If you’re feeling unsure about the new parking machines, I encourage you to come in and give our demo machine a go and discover first hand just how user friendly they are. Our team in the Customer Centre will be available to give you a hand if you need it.”
The new machines will take credit card and debit card payments and approximately half of the new machines will also take coins. On one side of the street there will be a machine that doesn’t accept coins and on the other side there will be one that does accept coins. A key feature of the new machines is that after paying for your parking, you do not need to return to your vehicle to place a ticket on your dashboard.
At the demo machine in the Customer Centre you can practice using your own credit and debit cards without a fee being charged. If you would like to practice using coins in the demo machine, your coins will be donated to the Mayoral Manaakitanga Relief Fund (as we are not able to easily access the coins from the machine and return them to you then and there).
We have put together a video to help explain how to use the new machines. You can watch this here.
The new parking system aims to modernise the existing system by providing more flexibility and payment options for users, while also assisting to increase the turnover and availability of parking spaces in the CBD.
The free P60 parking in the vicinity of Tutanekai Street will be unaffected. There are no plans to change parking fees as part of this process.
Learn more about Rotorua’s new inner city parking system.
Click on the image below to watch a tutorial of how to use the new parking machine.