Parking in Hahei

This page outlines the public parking options in Hahei - the gateway to Cathedral Cove.

Hahei Visitor Car Park

The Hahei Visitor Car Park (above), off Hahei Beach Rd at the entrance to the village is the place to park. It's large, it's free, there's a toilet, a paid bus service to the Cathedral Cove trail from 1 Oct - 30 April every year, and it's only a short walk to the beach.

To manage visitor parking in Hahei and to encourage walking in the village, a few changes have been made in late 2018 and early 2019 to car parking:

  • The car parks outside the Hahei store 30-minute timed parking;
  • The park next to the Grange Rd pedestrian crossing is a no parking zone effective 2 May 2019 because of reports of near-misses from vehicles backing out of the space;
  • The loading zone outside the shops will be reinstated effective 2 May 2019;
  • The marked mobility parks by the Hahei hall are being formally recognised in the Parking Control Bylaw effective 2 May 2019;
  • The car parks on Hahei Beach Rd outside the store are a stop for the Cathedral Cove bus service between 1 October and 30 April and 60-minute timed parking the rest of the year;
  • There is a drop-off only zone at the beach-front end of Hahei Beach Rd;
  • And, there are two mobility car parks directly opposite the beach access. 

These amendments  were made after discussions with business owners and the Hahei Residents and Ratepayers Association and a public consultation process. These diagrams illustrate the changes:

Parking outside Hahei store

Hahei shops parking changes April 2019

Mobility parking at Hahei hall

Hahei Hall parking changes April 2019

Drop-off zone (red area) and mobility parks (yellow area) at the beach

Hahei parking diagram two

Location of bus stop outside the shops (1 Oct - 30 April)

Hahei parking diagram three


Driving to Hahei and need a place to park? Here are your options for Council-controlled car parks:

Hahei Visitor Car Park

We encourage visitors to Hahei to use this car park which is at the entrance to Hahei. 

Our Council has joined with Go Kiwi over the summer to provide a park and ride bus service over our peak holiday period from this car park to the start of the Cathedral Cove walking track at Grange Rd.

To read more about the Cathedral Cove park and ride shuttle visit www.go-kiwi.co.nz and see the poster below.

We are expanding the car park's capacity from the current approx 200 spaces to more than 400 and expect this work to be completed before Christmas 2018.

It is currently free to park there.

In September 2018 we learned our application to the Government's Tourism Infrastructure Fund for improvements in Hahei had been successful. $1,426,841 has been allocated for the Hahei Visitor Car Park upgrade and for improved walking connections between the car park and the beach. Read more here.

Hahei Park and Ride sign 2018-19

Beach Road Car Park

At the beach end of Beach Road there is a small Council-controlled parking lot. It fills very early. There is currently no fee to park there. 

Grange Road Car Park

Grange Rd, Hahei

Grange Road Car Park is a drop off area only from 1 October to 30 April each year with no parking other than two disabled parks with four-hour time limit.

From 1 May to 30 September each year parking is permitted with a flat charge of $15.00 per vehicle with a four-hour time limit.

The car park is closed outside of daylight hours all year round and freedom camping is prohibited.