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City parking & transport

With loads of parking options in the central city, you are guaranteed to find a park on your next trip into town. Or leave the car at home - grab your bike or jump on the bus.

Car parks

  • The Christchurch City Council provides eight car parks within the city - two of which have FREE first-hour parking!
  • The Crossing car park building offers $2 parking for the first 2 hours.
  • Wilson Parking offers over 30 car parks within the central city with a handy app to manage your payments.
  • And for something a little bit different, Gap Filler provides socially conscious car parks on the corner of Manchester and Lichfield Streets and Manchester and Gloucester Streets (access off Gloucester), all proceeds of this are fed back into central-Christchurch projects.

It's also very quick to park in the city, with paperless parking meters. Simply enter your license plate number into the meter, select how long you want to park for (up to the maximum available), pay and okay. Simple! Discover more about parking meters in Christchurch.

Take a bus

If sitting back and relaxing is more your style of travel, jump on one of the many local buses. The Christchurch Bus Exchange is located on the corner of Colombo and Lichfield Street. Buses come and go regularly with a variety of travel routes, see bus network map to plan your trip.

Grab a bike

The perfect way to explore the city of Christchurch is by bike, with more people biking in Christchurch than any other city in New Zealand. There are 13 main cycle routes, connecting the suburbs with the CBD. 

Exploring the CBD

If you want to explore the city in more depth, be sure to talk to the team at the Christchurch i-SITE Visitors Centre. They offer a free booking service, exclusive deals and provide expert advice on how to maximise your time in and around the city, as well as being able to book onward travel. 

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