The first hour is free when you park in one of the 48 metered spaces in this off-street, pay-by-plate carpark.
You’ll still need to get a ticket from the parking machine and display it in the front window of your vehicle even if parking for less than an hour. If you plan to stay for longer than an hour the machine will calculate the difference and only charge you for the extra time you spend there.
The parking machines will limit the free hour to once a day.
Pay by plate is a common method in many other cities. In Palmerston North, the parking lots at Amesbury and Main Street East are also using the pay-by-plate system.