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Auckland Transport Urban rail
Papakura railway station in 2013.jpg
Overview of the station before electrification
Location Railway Street West, Papakura, Auckland
Coordinates 37°03′51″S 174°56′46″E / 37.0642°S 174.9461°E / -37.0642; 174.9461
Elevation 19 m (62 ft)
Owned by KiwiRail (track and platforms)
Auckland Transport (buildings)
Line(s) Southern Line
Te Huia
Northern Explorer
Distance Wellington 646.92 km (401.98 mi)
Platforms Island platform (P1 & P2), side platform (P3), bay platform (P4)
Tracks Main line (3)
Passing loop (1)
Backshunt (1, south-east)
Bay platform (1)
Platform levels 1
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Other information
Website Auckland Transport
Opened 20 May 1875
Rebuilt 2007, 2012–2013
Electrified 25 kV AC
Passengers (2011) 3,854 passengers/weekday
Preceding station   MAXX (Veolia)   Following station
toward Britomart
Southern Line Terminus
Terminus Southern Line
(Pukekohe Shuttle)
Terminus Te Huia
The Great Journeys of New Zealand
Northern Explorer
toward Wellington
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open,
station closed
1.93 km (1.20 mi)
  North Island Main Trunk
Line open,
station closed
4.12 km (2.56 mi)

Papakura railway station is a railway station in Papakura, New Zealand, on the Southern Line of the Auckland railway network.


The station was opened on 20 May 1875, as part of the Auckland and Mercer Railway on 20 May 1875, built by Brogden & Co, when it was extended from Penrose. On 2 October 1874 a deputation asked for the contractor to run trains from Penrose to Papakura and some services were available from October 1874. For example, Brogden & Sons ran excursion trains to Drury that month.

Initially Papakura was served by 2 trains a day. By 1879 there were 3 trains a day, the fastest taking 1hr 9mins for the 19 mi (31 km) from Auckland. Papakura became the terminus of an improved suburban service in 1913. WAB Class locomotives were introduced to suburban services in 1922, but the coaching stock appears from photos to have been unchanged in 1966. With double tracking, suburban trains were speeded up in 1931, the fastest taking 49 minutes. Suburban Sunday trains at low fares were introduced in 1933. From 1938 to 1950 many trains carried troops to and from the Military Camp. Trains calling at Papakura have included The Overlander, Northerner (in 1975 the platform was extended to 200 m (660 ft) for the Northerner), Silver Fern (from 19 September 1977), Waikato Connection, Geyserland Express, Thames Express (from 1921), Taneatua Express and Kaimai Express.

Plantations were established near many railway stations for beautification and, possibly, to provide timber for railway construction. Papakura's railway reserve was planted in 1883, with oaks and blue gums, and was protected in 1935. It was renamed Massey Park in 1939. Some of the trees remain.

By 1884 Papakura had a 4th class station, platform, cart approach, 60 ft (18 m) by 30 ft (9.1 m) goods shed (extended by 80 ft (24 m) in 1921), loading bank, cattle yards, stationmaster's house, urinals and a passing loop for 37 wagons (extended to 70 in 1905). From 1882 to 1913 a Post Office was run by railway staff. In 1885 the station was moved 4 ch (80 m) to the other side of the line. A verandah was added in 1905, sheep yards in 1911 and an engine shed between 1913 and 1917.

In 1920 the first sod was turned for a new station. In 1921 a new yard came into use, with a siding capacity of 450 wagons, together with an island platform, station building, a 55 ft (17 m) turntable replaced by one of 18.9 m (62 ft) by 1988) and several railway houses. By 1922 only the overhead footbridges were unfinished and the old building was being removed. Electric replaced oil lamps in 1926. With increasing suburban traffic, work started in 1938 on a new ticket office, carpark, bridge and platform. On 9 September 1940 a new 400 ft (120 m) suburban platform on the west of the station was brought into use. The station building was again rebuilt in 1983.

Tablet instruments were installed in 1904, fixed signals in 1905, distant signals in 1916 and electric interlocked signalling in 1927.

Duplication of the tracks between Papatoetoe and Papakura started in 1929 as an employment relief scheme and was completed on 29 March 1931. Doubling between Papakura and Paerata was completed on 3 December 1939.

On 3 November 1986 Papakura closed to goods traffic, but re-opened temporarily in 1987 to take glass for recycling. A report in 1987 said the goods shed and a shunting tractor had been removed, but another in 1990 said there was a goods shed.

Prior to October 2012, the station had an island platform between the main lines, complete with original wooden station building and signal panel, and a suburban side platform to the west. It had a bowstring footbridge connecting the platforms, which dated from at least the 1930s, constructed of old railway iron and sleepers.


In 2007, the island platform was extended to the north, and new shelters were installed. Sidings were commissioned at the east of the station yard for stabling trains overnight. The heritage footbridge was demolished and scrapped, despite some local opposition, and replaced with a concrete bridge with two passenger lifts.

The upgrade cost NZ$4,900,000 and was paid for as part of the Auckland Regional Transport Authority's (ARTA) system-wide upgrade of stations. Platforms were lengthened to enable six-car trains, because of anticipated growth in passenger numbers. 3,000 people passed through each day as of 2007, and another thousand were anticipated to use the station within five years. The new station was the seventh station to be redeveloped by ARTA in 2007.

In 2012–2013, KiwiRail funded a significant upgrade as part of the Auckland Electrification Project, and to provide resiliency for suburban trains and freight trains heading south. The signalling was completely replaced; the signal panel had been commissioned over 80 years ago. The heritage station building was relocated to the western suburban platform, Platform 3, on 11 August 2012. The building was refurbished and restored, and contains the preserved signal panel on display, a ticket office, public toilets and space for a coffee kiosk.

The North Island Main Trunk has been slewed to the east, with the island Platforms 1 and 2 adjacent to the Up main line to Auckland, typically serving suburban trains from Britomart to Pukekohe. The western suburban Platform 3 has been lengthened, and a new bay platform 4 at its southern extremity will serve DMU shuttles to Pukekohe.

Bus stops are directly outside the ticket office, with the old bus stops on the station side of Railway Street West now only used for intercity services, and "rail buses" that operate when the railway network is shut down.




The station is the terminus for suburban passenger trains on the Southern Line, which was electrified in 2015. An hourly diesel train shuttle service runs between Papakura and Pukekohe on non-electrified track using DMUs.

The station also serves the Auckland-Wellington Northern Explorer service, between stops at Auckland Strand and Hamilton.

The station is the terminus of the revived Waikato Connection, the Te Huia.

In May 2012, Auckland Transport's board included an investigation to extend electrified services to Pukekohe in its 10-year integrated transport plan. In April 2018, it was announced that electrification would be extended south to Pukekohe; see Auckland railway electrification.


Papakura is served by bus routes 33, 365, 371, 372, 373, 376, 377, 378 and 395.

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