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Hangatiki railway station
Hangatiki 1920.jpg
Waitomo Caves Royal Mail coach at Hangatiki in 1920
Location New Zealand
Coordinates 38°15′38″S 175°10′53″E / 38.260559°S 175.181379°E / -38.260559; 175.181379
Elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 485.2 km (301.5 mi)
Opened 2 December 1887
Closed 31 January 1982 passenger,
13 October 1986 goods
Electrified June 1988
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open, station open
9.21 km (5.72 mi)
  North Island Main Trunk
  Te Kumi
Line open, station closed
6.2 km (3.9 mi)
1955 (north), 1971 (south) one inch to one mile map Hangatiki - Waitomo
1955 (north), 1971 (south)
one inch to one mile map
(Source- Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and licensed by LINZ for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 New Zealand licence)

Hangatiki railway station was a flag station on the North Island Main Trunk in New Zealand.

In 1915 Hangatiki was described as a small township with a post and telegraph office, where passengers for "the famous Waitomo and Ruakuri caves alight". The guidebook said Waitomo was 6 mi (9.7 km) away, "by good metalled road, a conveyance meeting the express trains and conveying passengers to the excellent Government Accommodation House at Waitomo." The fare was 2/6 each way (about $18 in 2015 money).


Until August 1877 the contractor building the railway, also provided a goods train service. By October 1887 goods trains ran on Mondays and Fridays. A passenger service was added on those days from 2 December 1887. By 1896 there was a shelter shed, platform, cart approach, 31 ft (9.4 m) by 21 ft (6.4 m) goods shed and a passing loop for 35 wagons. In 1901 there was a petition for cattle yards and by 1911 there were cattle and sheep yards. A tablet porter started in 1912. A note in 1963 said the station was built in 1888 and last painted in 1953, but in 1980 the station building was noted as a concrete block and the loop as taking 75 wagons. On 31 January 1982 Hangatiki closed to all traffic except in wagon lots.

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