Redwood, Wellington

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Redwood is a part of Tawa, a suburb of Wellington, New Zealand. Redwood lies at the south end of Tawa, to the west of the Tawa Main Road and the North Island Main Trunk Railway. The Redwood subdivision was built on farmland acquired from the Catholic Church, on the condition that it be named in honour of the late Archbishop Francis Redwood.

Redwood is bounded by Larsen Crescent and the northern section of Redwood Avenue to the north, by the Main Road to the east, and Oriel Avenue and the southern section of Redwood Avenue to the south.


Redwood is served by two railway stations, Takapu Road Railway Station to the south of Redwood and Redwood Railway Station to the north of Redwood. Travel times to Wellington by train are twelve minutes from Takapu Road and fourteen minutes from Redwood. Travel times to Porirua are nine minutes from Takapu Road and seven minutes from Redwood. There is a sixteen-minute service during peak periods and thirty minutes at other times.[1]

The Railway line through southern Tawa was originally built on a different route slightly further east by the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company. It followed a gradient on the contour of the hills from Takapu Road to Duncan Street below the present day Taylor Terrace. The Wellington to Paremata section opened on 24 September 1885 without stations in the Redwood area. The railway line was incorporated into the New Zealand Railways Department network in December 1908.

The station at Takapu Road opened on 19 June 1937, the same day as the new railway station in Wellington, when the present-day route on the Tawa Flat deviation was opened for passenger traffic and the Johnsonville to Tawa section of the older, more circuitous, railway route from Wellington through Johnsonville closed.[2] Redwood Railway Station opened on 15 December 1963 to meet increased demand for passenger services in south Tawa following the development of the Redwood and Taylor Terrace subdivisions.


  • Redwood School is a coeducational state contributing primary school (years 1-6). It has a decile rating of 10 and a roll of 419.[3]
  • St Francis Xavier School is a coeducational integrated contributing primary school (years 1-6) with a roll of 192 and a decile rating of 9.[4]


  1. ^ metlink, Kapity Train Line, timetable. Effective 20 January 2016
  2. ^ John Yonge (editor), New Zealand Railway and Tramway Atlas, fourth edition (Essex: Quail Map Company, 1993), 16.
  3. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: Redwood School
  4. ^ Te Kete Ipurangi schools database: St Francis Xavier School

Coordinates: 41°10′37″S 174°49′23″E / 41.177°S 174.823°E / -41.177; 174.823