An investigation into airport parking by the moneyhub team reveals Kiwis across the country are paying more than TEN times more depending what airport they fly from for the same 2.5 metre space.
The study compared 20 airports across New Zealand, examining on-site parking prices for a 15 minute drop-off and one week stays for travel in November 2017. Unlike the relatively consistent cost of beer or a sandwich at an airport, New Zealand airports have wildly different parking prices.
Auckland Airport came out as the priciest in every category, with an eye-watering $275 being charged for a 7 day stay. By comparison, the equivalent car parking space at Invercargill cost just $49 – a difference of $226. Up the road, Dunedin airport charges $72 for a week stay. Tauranga offers long term car parking beside its terminal for $35.
Three airports, Taupo, Timaru and Whangerei, offer free parking for any length of stay.
The average car parking rate for one week found to be $109, Wellington airport charges $273 and Christchurch $125.
Pay less for airport parking
Kiwis Holidaymakers should avoid complacency when it comes to parking and not just pay for it when there are alternatives.
moneyhub’s senior researcher, Chris Walsh, said “We all know airport parking can be pricey, but our investigation has highlighted how Kiwis feel a squeeze even before they’ve taken off. This study demonstrates that airport parking prices vary extortionately based on where you are flying from”.
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