Papatoetoe Railway Station

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Auckland Transport Urban rail
Papatoetoe Train Station
Location Station and Shirley Roads, Papatoetoe
Coordinates 36°58′42″S 174°50′59″E / 36.9782°S 174.8498°E / -36.9782; 174.8498
Owned by Auckland Transport
Line(s) Eastern line and Southern line
Platforms Island platform
Tracks Mainline (2)
Parking Yes
Bicycle facilities Yes
Opened 1875
Rebuilt 2006
Electrified 25kV AC[1]
Passengers (2011) 3,074 passengers/weekday[2]
  New Zealand Railways Corporation  
Preceding station   Auckland Transport (Transdev)   Following station
toward Britomart
Eastern Line
toward Manukau
Southern Line
toward Papakura

Papatoetoe Railway Station is on the Southern Line and Eastern Line of the Auckland railway network in New Zealand. It is between Station Road and Shirley Road, across the street from Papatoetoe West School, and has an island platform layout.


Papatoetoe was originally called Papatoitoi, a corruption of its true name. The name was corrected in 1907, by the New Zealand Railways Department, because of the obvious discrepancy with the town it served, which has always been spelt as "Papatoetoe".

Old Station Building[edit]

Papatoetoe's old Railway Station - a local landmark

The old station building, restored by the Papatoetoe Railway Station Preservation Trust, has been moved to the corner of Station Road, Shirley Road, Tavern Lane & St George Street. Parts of this building dated back to 1875. A new station was constructed on the present site.

The old station is an integral part of the area's history, with Old Papatoetoe developing as a commercial centre.


Year Notes
1875 The railway line from Auckland reached Papatoetoe. The first railway station was built between May and August and named Papatoitoi Station (note spelling). The building was on the western side of the present road bridge.
1887 The stationmaster was removed from the station due to the financial depression. The station became an unofficered flag station until 1914.
1907 The station name was changed to Papatoetoe.
1914 The station had two rooms added to it, and was open for all business, with a new stationmaster being appointed. Reports list the station as being moved to the western side of the track.
1918 The station was moved and resited.
1919 The station reopened, with a 14-ft diameter railway windmill and a 6000-gallon water vat. These provided water for the station and for locomotives that shunted or turned at Papatoetoe. A peaked roof and verandahs were added during this time.
1926 The reinforced concrete road bridge south of the station was built by the Public Works Department, replacing a temporary wooden structure.
1928 A row of railway houses was built in Station Road, on the west side of the station. Fabricated sections were supplied by the New Zealand Railways House Factory, Frankton.
1942 The windmill and water tower were removed after the station was connected to the town water supply.
1976 After a burglary, the goods shed was set alight and burnt down.
1987 Staff were withdrawn after a centralisation of booking offices.


Transdev Auckland, on behalf of Auckland Transport, operates suburban services to Britomart, Manukau, Papakura and Pukekohe via Papatoetoe. The typical weekday off-peak timetable is:[3][4]

  • 6 tph to Britomart, consisting of:
    • 3 tph via Glen Innes (Eastern Line)
    • 3 tph via Penrose and Newmarket (Southern Line)
  • 3 tph to Manukau
  • 3 tph to Papakura, with 1 tph diesel train shuttle service Papakura-Pukekohe

Bus routes 31, 313, 314 and 380 connect with trains at Papatoetoe.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Auckland Electrifcation Map" (PDF). KiwiRail. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Auckland Transport Board Meeting (20 November 2012) Agenda Item 10(i) "Rail Electrification Extension" p. 16
  3. ^ "Eastern Line timetable" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Southern Line timetable" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 11 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Southern Guide – from 30 October 2016" (PDF). Auckland Transport. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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