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Freeing up parking for visitors to Pukekawa / Auckland Domain

Published: 24 May 2021

Pukekawa / Auckland Domain, is our oldest and one of our largest urban public parks and provides a range of things to see and do.

It’s a treasured Tāmaki Makaurau green space, and vehicle access and public parking is available so visitors who drive can easily access the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the Wintergardens and use the open spaces for relaxing, recreation and playing sport.

The Auckland Domain Committee has responsibility for recreation and community services, and activities in the Auckland Domain. Accessibility improvement is a focus for the Auckland Domain committee and some changes have been agreed to improve visitor’s safety, open the heritage views of the museum, and ensure there is access to parking for visitors during weekdays.

Auckland Museum CEO Dr David Gaimster says "The Domain Committee and Auckland Museum share an absolute commitment to ensuring the safety of the public. Increasing numbers of Aucklanders are using the amenity of Auckland Domain. Carparking along Cenotaph Road and the Museum Circuit are incompatible with public safety."

To address these issues some carparks from Cenotaph Road and the Museum Circuit are being permanently removed.

“One of the principles from the Auckland Domain masterplan is to create safe, people-friendly places and pathways for visitors to Pukekawa,” says Councillor Pippa Coom.

“We’ve seen an increase in vehicles parked at the Domain by commuters and workers who aren’t using our premier park’s facilities. That’s making it difficult, especially during weekdays, for visitors who need to drive to find parking so we’re also making changes to access to parking in Titoki Street carpark.”

We’re introducing access restrictions to this carpark during the week. Gates are being installed and will be used to limit access to the free, time-restricted 130 parking spaces in the Titoki Street carpark during weekdays. The gates will open at 9.30am and close at 10pm, Monday to Thursday and will remain open over the weekend. The change in access will be trialled over the next year before a final decision on these changes is made.  

These changes will come into effect Tuesday 8 June 2021. There is no change to the remaining 430 free carparks in Pukekawa, Auckland Domain. The museum also continues to provide 200 paid car parks for visitors.

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