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Parnell Cycleway and residential parking zone Parnell Cycleway and residential parking zone

Auckland Transport (AT) is creating a new residential parking zone in Parnell and a cycling connection between Parnell and the city centre.

Project status: Consultation/design.
Project zone: Central Auckland.

Project overview

This project has 2 components:

  1. A safe, separated cycling connection between Parnell Road and Tamaki Drive.
  2. A residential parking zone in Parnell, prioritising on-street parking for residents, local businesses and visitors.


  • Better connection between Parnell and Auckland’s city centre for cyclists.
  • More transport choices for Aucklanders.
  • Better sharing of on-street parking between residents, businesses, and visitors.
  • Discourage commuter parking.
  • Reduce congestion and stresses associated with living and working in an area of high parking demand.


  • November/December 2016: Public feedback.
  • July 2017: update on the cycleway will be available following community workshops.
  • Mid 2018: planned construction.

Parnell Cycleway

We are building a comprehensive network of cycling routes across Auckland, with an initial focus on improving access to the city centre. The Parnell Cycleway is an important part of this network.

The proposed Parnell Cycleway will run from the intersection of St Stephens Avenue and Parnell Road to the intersection of The Strand and Quay Street. It will form a link that connects with existing and planned cycle routes on Quay Street and Tamaki Drive. It is also the first section of a route that will continue through to Newmarket and beyond.

We’re improving access and travel choices in your area so you can get to work, your local shops or the park safely and easily. The cycleway will provide convenient access by bike to the Rose Gardens, Parnell Baths, Parnell School, and cafes along Gladstone Road.

The project will provide a high quality, safe and attractive cycle route, suitable for riders of varying abilities and confidence levels.

Our original proposed design for Parnell Cycleway was revisited following further discussion with the community. We provided an update in July 2017.

Parnell cycleway artists impression

Parnell residential parking zone

As part of a region-wide parking strategy, AT is introducing residential parking zones in city-fringe areas like Parnell.

We are working with local communities and businesses to identify their needs. People in the Parnell area tell us that a lot of on-street parking is used by commuters, meaning there is less available for local residents and businesses. A residential parking zone in Parnell will prioritise on-street parking for residents, local businesses and visitors.

We have undertaken a number of parking occupancy surveys, which indicate that many of the streets to the west of Gladstone Road and St Stephens Avenue have peak occupancy levels of over 85% and streets to the east between 70% and 84%.

Finalised zone area

We have updated the area to be covered by the residential parking zone following the feedback process. 

Parnell RPZ map

Parnell parking zone

A residential parking zone is a parking time restriction that applies across a residential area and is typically two hours (P120), Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (excluding public holidays).

Residents and businesses within a zone can apply for permits and coupons that give exemption from the time restriction. Anyone can park for up to two hours without a permit or coupon.

In Parnell, there is a residential parking zone area and a residential parking scheme area.


  • In the Parnell parking zone, permits can be used anywhere within the zone.
  • Permit is valid for 1 year for a set date range, regardless of when the application is approved.
  • Within the zone, a 2-hour parking restriction (P120) operates from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).
    Subject to eligibility, residents and businesses within the zone can apply for permits that give an exemption from the parking restriction, or coupons that give a 1-day exemption.
  • Permit cost: $70.00 (1 year)
  • Coupons: Residential properties within the zone will be eligible for 50 free 1-day coupons. In the short-term, coupons will be provided in the form of a scratch card to be displayed on the dashboard of your vehicle. During this initial application period, we will limit the issuance of coupons to 20, as we expect to go digital next year, meaning that scratch cards will not be required. Additional coupons cost $5 (valid for 1 day). 

Find out more about residential parking zones and the application process.

Streets in the zone:

Alberon Place, Alberon Street, Avon Lane, Avon Street, Balfour Road, Bridgewater Road, Burrows Avenue, Canterbury Place, Cleveland Road, Corunna Avenue, Gladstone Road, Judge Street, Judges Bay Road, Rota Place, St Georges Bay Road, St Stephens Avenue, Staffa Street, Stanwell Street, Stratford Street, Taurarua Terrace.

Download a map of the Parnell parking zone area (PDF 32KB).

Note: the  residential parking zone is different to the existing residential parking scheme in Parnell.

Have your say

From 30 November to 23 December 2016, we sought community feedback on the proposed Parnell Cycleway and residential parking zone.

We asked for feedback to help us improve and refine the cycleway design, and confirm the area to be covered by the proposed parking zone.

Feedback results

In total, we received 789 feedback submissions.

Feedback about the proposed cycleway design indicated some community concerns. As a result of this, we have decided to revisit the design to develop one that has community support. We will seek further input by engaging with community representatives through a series of workshops.

We received good support for the residential parking zone and we will proceed with its introduction, with a minor boundary change to include St Georges Bay Road. There was significant call for this street to be included.

Download the feedback report (PDF 952KB, 38 pages)

Next steps

We completed the cycleway design process and updated the public in July 2017.

We expect to implement the parking zone in December 2017. We will be in contact with local residents and businesses prior to this to explain how to apply for parking permits.

Background - our original design for Parnell Cycleway

This design was available for feedback during November and December 2016. We will revisit this design following further discussion with the community. We expect to provide an update in July.

Parnell cycle path map

Download the detailed consultation plans (PDF 5.9MB)

Our proposed design has a 1.5m wide cycle lane on both sides of St Stephens Avenue and Gladstone Road, with a 30cm physical buffer between the cycle lanes and traffic lanes.

Cross-section with parking on one side of the road

This is proposed to be the typical road layout for the majority of the route.

Cross-section parking on one side

Cross-section with parking on both sides of the road

This layout is proposed where road widths allow.

Cross-section parking on both sides

Existing traffic lanes will remain the same. Some sections of footpath will be widened. Some on-street parking will be removed, or changed from angle parking to parallel parking.

There will also be improvements made at some intersections to create shorter crossing distances for pedestrians and encourage slower vehicle speeds.

A raised speed table is proposed across the intersection of Brighton Road and St Stephens Avenue. Similar improvements are also proposed for the intersection of Takutai Street, St Stephens Avenue and Gladstone Road.

Raised platform pedestrian crossings at points along the route will make crossing the road safer.

Intersection improvements

Other routes considered

To improve connections to the city centre from this area, we investigated a number of routes. We looked at links to the northern end of the city centre via Quay Street and to the southern end via the Domain and Park Road.

  • Along the train line from Newmarket to Stanley St, utilising the disused railway tunnel - this route was significantly more expensive to deliver and there would be considerable personal safety issues to overcome.
  • Along Parnell Rd and Parnell Rise - this is a constrained corridor which accommodates access to the local shops and there is not sufficient width to provide a good quality cycleway.
  • St Georges Bay Road - this is significantly steeper than Gladstone Road and has many heavy-goods vehicle movements.

Changes to on-street parking

AT has taken care to minimise parking removal, but the available road space means some on-street parking will need to be removed in order to create a safe, separated cycleway. Around 95 parking spaces are affected, mainly on the west side of the road.

Parking surveys along the route show that fewer than 10% of parked vehicles are registered to people living in the area. A significant proportion of the remainder is likely to be commuter parking.

AT proposes a residential parking zone in the area to help with the loss of on-street parking spaces. The zone will increase the availability of parking in the local area for residents and visitors.

Parnell parking removal map

For more information

Contact Auckland Transport