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Pay by plate parking Pay by plate parking

We are making it easier to pay for on street parking. Pay by plate parking is an easy, paperless system that works on your vehicle's registration number.

Over the next few months, we’ll be upgrading our on-street parking machines to include pay by plate technology. This means you don’t need to return to your vehicle to display a ticket. All machines should be upgraded by March 2018.

Report a problem with a pay by plate machine

How to use pay by plate machines

To pay for parking, enter your registration (licence plate) number into the parking machine and pay for the amount of time you wish to park. 

All you need to do with pay by plate is:

  • Enter your vehicle's registration (licence plate) plate number.
  • Select how long you wish to park.
  • Pay for parking.

The machine sends your information to us so you no longer need to display a paper ticket on your dashboard.

We monitor the length of time cars are parked via licence plate recognition.

You can also add time to your parking session by visiting any Pay by Plate machine within the same price zone as where your vehicle is parked. You enter the vehicle registration plate into the machine and then add the time your need.

Payment options

Credit card or debit card

You can use your credit or debit card the usual way (.50c transaction fee applies). To make things even faster, we’ve introduced tap and go so you can easily use your Visa payWave or Mastercard PayPass card.


Text-a-park will no longer be available on the upgraded parking machines. You can use AT Park from your mobile phone.

Paying with coins

Some machines accept New Zealand coins but we also have credit card-only machines at many locations. Please check your machine for details.

How to get a receipt

When you complete your transaction you will be asked if you want a e-receipt. If you do, you will be given a code.

To get a copy of the receipt:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter the e-receipt code and your licence plate number.
  3. You can choose to save/print the receipt or register your email address so that all future receipts and transaction details for that plate number will be sent to your email address (you must select “yes” when asked if you would like an e-receipt).

Open-air car parks

AT provides open-air, pay by plate parking at these locations:

Open-air car park locations Operating hours Tariffs (incl. GST)  

Eastern Viaduct
210 Quay Street (Te Wero Bridge)

7 days, 24 hours.

Monday to Friday:

  • Day (6am to 6pm): $12 for 3 hours.
  • Evening (6pm to 8am next day): $12.

Weekends (6pm Friday to 6am Monday) and public holidays: $12 (exit by 8am the next day).

Jellicoe Street
37 - 55 Madden Street 
Freemans Bay

7 days, from 7am to 10pm.

Monday to Saturday: First hour free. $6 per hour thereafter (to a maximum of 4 hours).

Sundays and public holidays: $2 per hour (to a maximum of 4 hours).

For more information or assistance

Contact Auckland Transport