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Te Kawa railway station
Te Kawa railway station in 1934.jpg
Te Kawa railway station in 1934
Location New Zealand
Coordinates 38°05′35″S 175°17′01″E / 38.093093°S 175.283518°E / -38.093093; 175.283518Coordinates: 38°05′35″S 175°17′01″E / 38.093093°S 175.283518°E / -38.093093; 175.283518
Elevation 48 m (157 ft)
Line(s) North Island Main Trunk
Distance Wellington 506.88 km (314.96 mi)
Opened 9 March 1887
Closed 17 October 1971
Electrified June 1988
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Te Mawhai
Line open, station closed
  North Island Main Trunk
Line open, station closed
1955 Te Awamutu - Te Mawhai - Te Kawa North Island Main Trunk map
1955 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)

Te Kawa railway station was a station on the North Island Main Trunk in New Zealand, located at Te Kawa.

The railway crossed 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) (or 8,000) Te Kawa Swamp to the north of the station on a 60 chains (4,000 ft; 1,200 m) embankment. Culverts were included to maintain the effectiveness of eel weirs in the swamp and provide for the flow of water. A post office was open by 1909 and a drainage board set up, which was extended in 1915, by which time the station was handling traffic for Waikeria Prison.

In 1908 the station was being considered as a junction for a line to Kawhia and Raglan and by 1920 as a junction on a railway from Kawhia to Rotorua.

The line to the south of Te Kawa falls on a 1 in 183 gradient. There was a private siding for grain at the station in the 1970s and 80s.

The station site was sold in 2000.

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