Since my previous post on traffic issues we have updated our Parking Information webpage. For information and a map indicating where to park near the Hocken Collections while the realignment of State Highway 88 is going please see our parking information page on the Hocken webpages
The former parking area has been shifted into Parry Street (access via Minerva Street). There is a sign indicating the parking for Hocken patrons. A walkway from the carpark to Hocken is under construction.
Parking is also available towards the University campus in Albany Street, Forth Street and Reigo Street. During University term time, parking may be more difficult to locate.
If you wish to drop off material for the Hocken’s collections, please ring 479 8868 and we will advise the best route to take to our loading bay.
There is a drop off bay located outside the front entrance to the Hocken, at the intersection of Parry Street and Anzac Avenue. Note that you can’t park here but visitors may be safely dropped off out of the Anzac Avenue traffic stream.
We expect there to be considerable disruption until at least the middle of 2011.
There is significant road work commencing in Anzac Avenue and Parry Street as of today which will result in the permanent closure of part of Parry Street adjacent to the Hocken Library building and the realignment of State Highway 88 to Port Chalmers. Barriers have gone up today closing this part of the street to vehicular traffic and as I am writing the road is being dug up!
If you are on foot, we advise approaching the building only from the Anzac Avenue side currently. PLEASE watch out for heavy machinery and take care to observe all signage erected by the contractors.
There is still plenty of parking available in the rest of Parry Street, which can be accessed from Minerva Street alongside the Leith Stream. There is also an area of Hocken visitor and staff parking set aside just off Parry Street. Please feel welcome to use this.
To get from Parry Street to Anzac Ave (and vice versa) for safety’s sake please don’t walk through the closed part of Parry Street currently. There is a footpath along the north eastern side of the Unipol Building (the gym next door to the Hocken) which is safe to use to move between the two streets.
This work is planned to take about 6 months and we expect that access to the Hocken building from the Parry Street side will be difficult or unavailable at times. Access on foot from Anzac Avenue will be always available. We will try to keep you posted but the situation will be changing day by day. If you have mobility issues and want to visit the Hocken please contact us for advice on the day.