What should have been a fun birthday out with her daughter and her friends turned into a spot of traffic madness for Hastings woman Kelly Cruikshank, who said the Napier City Council need to take a close look at the Marine Parade trouble spot.
Which, after her complaints were put to them, they appear set to do.
She chose Ocean Spa as the perfect place to celebrate her daughter's birthday but unfortunately it as part of the Marine Parade redevelopment.
She said they were greeted by traffic jams and "a general mess" of cars with the spa facility.
"They then had to try and merge back in with busy traffic."
She said there were no notices or cones to tell drivers they could not turn in there.
"I finally got into what I thought was the Ocean Spa carpark only to find out that it was full of cars belonging to people who were going to the market - I had to back out because the end was blocked by fencing [at the Napier Conference Centre] construction site.
"After waiting a bit I was able to get a park but by this stage was very frustrated ... and some bad language ensued," she said, adding that she figured the worst was over while she and the youngsters enjoyed their spa dips.
But when they went to leave her lane.
She was forced to use the other lane which traffic still trying to get into the area.
"It was just ridiculous that I was unable to have ease of access to a tourist attraction run/owned by the council," Ms Cruikshank said.
Napier City Council director of city strategy Richard Munneke said council had anticipated some teething issues with the new Sunday Market site and market organisers "to provide an opportunity to monitor and address any issues".
Mr Munneke said parking and traffic flows had been further complicated by redevelopment of the Napier Conference Centre but described it as "short-term pain for long-term gain".
He said council staff were working with market organisers be resolved alternative sites for the market would be considered.
"Marine Parade will look great when everything is finished - we just ask people to please be patient while it is undergoing its transformation."