A line of cars by the Frankton golf course is a regular
feature as airport users occupy the free parking. Photo by
An increase in parking fines issued in the Wakatipu Basin
last year is attributed to a crackdown on overstayers at the
Between Arrowtown, Frankton and Queenstown there were 20,175
parking tickets given out in 2012, an increase from 2011's
However, totals for Arrowtown and Queenstown fell by 444 and
The rise in tickets had come from Frankton, rising from 512
to 1281 over the year.
Lakes Environmental regulatory and corporate manager Lee
Webster said this was the result of airport ticket wardens
cracking down on motorists parking in the drop-off zone.
He said many drivers were choosing to park in the drop-off
zone and were more likely to be issued a ticket than in
Another problem area for parking was by the Frankton golf
course where airport users would often park for days on end
as there was no parking restriction.
This was causing a heavy back-up of vehicles during certain
parts of the year.
Mr Webster said a parking restriction had been put in place
near the hospital, but not by the golf course to date.
Wanaka parking tickets had also fallen from 1387 to 1144, he
Of the parking tickets issued last year, 82% had been paid, a
10% decrease from 2011.
Mr Webster said this would change as many drivers paid their
fines only after the 28-day reminder, and others after the
56-day reminder before the court would get involved.
''The payment process with the reminder being issued prior to
going to court is 56 days, so there will be a number in
November and December who have not received the reminder to
advise that the matter will be sent to court.
''So I fully anticipate this figure will increase somewhat,
as in previous years.''
If fines do end up in court, a further $30 is added as a
court cost, Mr Webster said.