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Pay by Plate Parking Meters

Pay by Plate machines have replaced the old lollipop meters. The machines use your vehicle licence plate number to record your parking time and payment. 

How does it work?

Pay by plate plate

  • Simply enter the vehicle licence plate number and pay for the amount of time you want to park, within that zone's parking time limit
  • Once paid, vehicles can move to another area - the credit will still apply if it is within the time limit
  • Pay by coins, paywave or the Parkmate app.
  • No change to parking fees, location and number of carparks, but there will be fewer machines - one servicing every 10 parking spaces in on-street parking areas
  • Follow the on-screen instructions - Parking Wardens and the City Assist team will be on the streets and happy to help.

Check out the video below or download this user guide for further instructions.


YES, however it will be emailed once you have set it up.

When you complete your parking transaction at a meter you will be asked if you want an eReceipt. If you select ‘YES’ a code will be displayed on screen. To get a copy of the eReceipt:

  • Note down the code
  • Go on-line to
  • Enter the eReceipt code and your vehicle plate number.

Note: you only have to set this up once. You must select ‘YES’ at the machine when asked if you would like an eReceipt).

Yes, provided you don’t exceed the time limit, you can top up at any terminal.

You can, however not between on-street parking and off-street carparks.

Yes you can go to any machine in the same zone/time restriction and key in your plate number to find out how much time you have left. You can top-up as long as you have not exceeded the time limit. If you have parked in a carpark, you can only check in other carparks for your remaining time.

The fee is displayed on the parking machine screen.

Please note: There is an additional $0.30cent fee for Paywave transactions

Merchant fees are charged by banks for processing credit card transactions which means Council (or any retailer offering Paywave) must pay a percentage of the total fee.  Council decided to set at $0.30c per transactions to be consistent and keep it in line with the Parkmate fee. 

No, parking in Havelock North remains the same.

These have all been sold. 

Pay by Plate


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