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Airport to Botany Rapid Transit Airport to Botany Rapid Transit

Auckland Transport is working on delivering a fast, frequent and reliable rapid transit system between Auckland Airport, Manukau and Botany. The project forms part of the Southwest Gateway programme.


Project status: Investigation work to confirm preferred options
Project zone: South-West/East


Project overview

The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project will deliver a new public transport link between the airport, Manukau and Botany, to improve accessibility in south-west, southern and eastern areas of Auckland - as well as provide an important public transport link to the rail network at Puhinui.

Airport to Botany rapid transit will significantly improve transport choice, reliability, and journey times in the south and east of Auckland. A good public transport network helps cities evolve by providing better connections and improved accessibility. Reliable and efficient public transport has major economic, social and environmental benefits.

Airport to Botany Rapid Transit forms part of the Southwest Gateway programme. Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, and Auckland Airport are working together on the Southwest Gateway programme to deliver three projects that will improve access and allow for future growth, to benefit people and freight movements. Read more about the Southwest Gateway programme.

Airport to Botany rapid transit

Project benefits

The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit will improve access between the southern and eastern areas of Auckland by providing a fast, frequent and reliable rapid transit system that will:

  • Significantly improve travel choices, reliability and journey times.
  • Improve access to Auckland Airport and Manukau - two major employment areas.
  • Upgraded Puhinui Station for bus/rail interchange.
  • Provide an important public transport link from the airport to the rail network via Puhinui station, allowing for better connections to New Zealand's gateway airport.
  • Support growth opportunities along the route - as well as for the wider South and East Auckland area.
  • Support positive economic and social outcomes in the area and reduce effects on the environment and treasured places/taonga.

Project details

The Airport to Botany rapid transit project will be delivered in stages. The project is currently in the early stages of investigation/business case development.

The purpose of this work is to identify how we can:

  • Improve transport options for people in south and east Auckland.
  • Provide a public transport link to the city centre as well as south and east Auckland via Puhinui bus/rail interchange.
  • Support growth opportunities at key locations along the route, particularly in the airport area, Manukau and Botany.
  • Improve access to major employment areas in south and east Auckland Transport.

While the investigation work will identify improvements that can be delivered in the medium to longer-term, Auckland Transport, in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Airport, are also seeking to progress early deliverables to provide more immediate benefits to people accessing the airport area.


Project stages

Stage 1: Early deliverables by 2020/2021

To improve access to and from the airport, the proposals are to provide:

  • A new bus/rail interchange at Puhinui station.
  • New frequent services between the Airport, Puhinui station and Manukau and potential new bus services to the airport from other centres – subject to funding.
  • Priority lanes between the Airport and Manukau via SH20B, Puhinui and Lambie Drive.
  • Improved cycling facilities between Pukaki Creek Bridge, Puhinui Station and Manukau including a shared use path on SH20B.
  • Improved cycling and walking in the Mangere, SH20/SH20A area.

These improvements are expected to be completed by the end of 2020/early 2021, subject to consenting and funding.

Map of proposed early deliverables

Early Improvements Overview Map

Puhinui Station

We are redesigning and upgrading Puhinui Station to become a major interchange similar to Ōtāhuhu, Panmure and Manukau and to improve its connection to other transport services and to also have a fast and reliable bus service to the airport.

The upgraded bus/rail interchange will provide:

  • Better bus and rail connections to make easy journeys to the airport, city centre and other areas.
  • A high quality modern facility with architecture reflecting local and cultural stories that project a 'City Gateway' feel.
  • Increased shelter connecting bus and train platforms with a new concourse for passengers moving between services, similar to Ōtāhuhu.
  • Improved access options; escalators, lifts and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

This project is partly funded by the Regional Fuel Tax.

Puhinui Station drawing - artist impression

Stage 2: Deliverables from 2021 onwards

  • Route for rapid transit facility protected.
  • Staged delivery of the rapid transit facility between the Airport and Botany - timing still to be determined.

We have identified Te Irirangi Drive as the best and most direct route between Botany and Manukau. It also has the least construction and environmental effect on the local community. We are also considering potential connections north of Botany.

We are looking at two options between Manukau and Puhinui to support urban regeneration and provide better connections to the transport network and between Puhinui and the airport while balancing environmental and cultural impacts.

  • Manukau and Puhinui
    via Manukau Centre along Ronwood Ave OR via Manukau Station
  • Puhinui and the Airport
    via SH20B OR via SH20 and SH20A 

Airport to Botany Rapid Transit


Public engagement

Feedback closed Friday, 14 December 2018.

Next steps

We will analyse all of the feedback and use it to help refine the proposal. Your local insights will help us make an informed decision to make your streets safer for everyone.

We will prepare a report on the feedback received and any changes made to construction planning will be published here. If you provided your contact details when giving us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available

Southwest Gateway programme


The Southwest Gateway is a programme of three key transport projects to create a well-connected, efficient system that will provide choice and reliability for how people and freight travel around the southwest and southeast Auckland, including to and from the airport.

The NZ Transport Agency. Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport will deliver the works to connect communities and support population, business and airport growth.

We need to move more people more efficiently by providing better public transport and walking and cycling facilities and improving safety and the efficiency of freight. This will improve access to jobs, education and social opportunities, support economic prosperity and provide health, cultural and environmental benefits.

Three projects of the Southwest Gateway programme

  1. Airport to Botany rapid transit
    A rapid transit project led by Auckland Transport to improve southern and eastern access between Auckland Airport, Manukau and Botany.
  2. 20Connect
    A state highway project led by NZ Transport Agency to improve access and customer journey experiences to and from the airport and surrounding area on the state highway network. The improvements may include technology to better manage the network, roading improvements and providing more transport choices.

    Find out more about 20Connect on the NZ Transport Agency website
  3. Auckland Airport precinct developments
    The airport area will undergo a dramatic transformation over the next 30 years led by Auckland Airport, to provide a seamless experience for airport customers by improving public transport and pedestrian and cycle access.

    Find out more about the Auckland Airport precinct developments on the Auckland Airport website

Southwest Gateway project map

Southwest Gateway Map


For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport