Auckland still cheap compared to other international cities
There has been a few complaints about Auckland Transport hiking on-street parking prices for the City Centre and City Centre fringes. The idea is to encourage fast turn around of car parks (if you need long-term parking the Downtown parking building has 1,000 spots free as of 11am) as well as encourage public transport use.
Auckland Transport also has a policy of adjusting parking rates to demand. That is if demand sits over 85% of all on-street parking in the City Centre area then AT hikes the prices. The same applies in lowering prices if demand falls below a certain percentage as well.
Newshub compared prices of Auckland’s city centre parking compared to other cities. You can look here: How Auckland’s parking compares internationally
But if you want expensive check out Melbourne:
And Sydney is no better either.
In the end if we diverted our energy from complaining about parking in a City Centre to a City Centre that is accessible by public transport and a City Centre that is easy to walk through then I would say we are on more to a winner.