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City Parking and Transport

How to Get Around the CBD

Did you know there’s over 10,000 car parks in the city centre? With so many options, you’re guaranteed to find a spot on your next trip into town – or leave the car at home and take a more sustainable approach to how you get around Christchurch’s inner-city.  

Where to Park Your Car  

  • The Christchurch City Council provides five multi-level parking buildings within the city. 
  • 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 are fed back into central-Christchurch projects. 

With paperless parking meters, it’s super quick to park in the city. Simply enter your license plate number into the meter, select how long you want to park for, pay and you’re away. Simple! Discover more about parking meters in Christchurch. 

Make Use of the Cycleways  

The perfect way to explore the city of Christchurch is by bike – with more people cycling in Christchurch than any other city in New Zealand! Cruise down one of the 13 main cycle routes, connecting the suburbs with the CBD like no other.  

Explore the City by Bus  

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

Zoom on an E-Scooter! 

Cut those pesky emissions down and hop on an e-scooter – we promise you won’t regret it! It’s a super fun and easy way to get around town, not to mention unique. Simply unlock the scooter nearest to you, and away you go! Once you’re done, hop off and park it to the side for the next person. Easy as that! Download these apps to get your zoom on.  

Christchurch Arts Centre i-Site

Explore the CBD Your Way 

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 booking onward travel. 

Find our more about the i-SITE