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Manukau’s new bus station opens

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, along with Transport Minister Phil Twyford and the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board, has today opened the new state of the art Manukau Bus Station.

Manukau Bus Station morning photo

Mr Goff says the new $49 million station represents a significant investment in a joined up public transport system for Auckland. “It makes it easier for people to switch between bus and rail and to get around the city without adding to road congestion.

“The station itself is a stand-out architectural addition to Manukau, representing high environmental standards and great design, including Maori art. Together with the adjacent train station and MIT building it represents a transformation of the old Manukau City Centre.”

The station has room for 23 buses at a time and will handle 470 buses and around 5500 passengers each day. It took two years to build with project funding from Auckland Council and the Government through NZ Transport Agency.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford says the new facility is a real asset for the area. “The people of South Auckland deserve great public transport services and great infrastructure like this new station. This is just a taste of the improvements in public transport that our Government is determined to bring to communities across New Zealand.”

The bus station is also Auckland Transport’s first project to contain a “Social Outcomes” component in its procurement process. The contractor NZ Strong had to demonstrate how it would train and employ South Auckland Maori and Pasifika Trades Training graduates. The Southern Initiative assisted in recruiting suitable young people. The Southern Initiative is an Auckland Council programme that promotes social and community innovation in South Auckland and equips Maori and Pasifika people in the area with skills and access to meaningful employment opportunities. Thirteen graduates were employed during the construction phase, all of them now have full-time jobs.

Mr Goff says, “I welcome the employment and training of local young people in the station’s construction. It showed real commitment to the local community.”

Auckland Transport Chairman Dr Lester Levy says the bus station fills in a missing link for public transport in Manukau. “It will provide easy bus-to-bus and bus-to-train connections and serve as a gateway for the South. With AT moving the city to a simpler and more integrated transport network, the Manukau Bus station together with the adjacent Manukau Train Station will be a major pull for people, investors and employers in making Manukau an even more desirable place.”

Each bus bay has its own seating area, with doors that open once the bus has parked. Commuters will also have access to plenty of shops in the station building – there are five new retail outlets, with a sixth still come.

Dr Levy says “Commuters can easily transfer between the trains and buses adding to the success of the Manukau Train Station.”

Manukau is the 11th busiest train station on the Auckland network averaging 1650 passengers on a typical weekday. In the two hour morning peak about 400 passengers currently board at Manukau, up from around 150 in 2014. Manukau is a destination as much as it is an origin – there are almost as many passengers travelling to Manukau in the morning peak as there are who board the trains there.

The new bus station will also support the wider regeneration plan for Manukau, which is being led by the city’s regeneration agency, Panuku Development Auckland.

Working closely with AT, Panuku will work to transform the location over the next 20 years, delivering strong social outcomes and new commercial opportunities that will attract more people to central Manukau and help diversify local employment.

The first of a number of projects that form part of the plan, the upgrade Putney Way which runs adjacent to the bus station, is already underway.

Auckland Transport’s continued partnership with Mana Whenua has been an important component in the design and construction of the bus station. AT has embraced Te Aranga Māori Design Principles. In addition to the use of natural timber and prominent Iwi creative expressions. Te Aranga Maori Principles guided the design of the vital stormwater management system and the passive temperate controls methods.

The building's design has seen it nominated for industry awards, including a civic and arts award at the Property Industry Awards.

Bus operations will start tomorrow morning.

Features and benefits of the bus station:

  • 23-bay bus station right next to the existing Manukau Train Station.
  • Improves passenger transfer between bus-bus and bus-rail services.
  • Supports the increased volume and movement of buses to and from Manukau and the wider network.
  • Built on the site of the Civic Building car park, on Putney Way (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way).
  • Universally accessible.
  • Bike parking racks, taxi parking and drop-and-ride area.
  • AT Metro customer service centre.
  • 24-hour security, help points and CCTV.
  • Real time passenger information.
  • Waiting area, toilets, staff and office facilities.
  • Retail outlets offering a range of convenience, food and beverage options including PappaRich, Jamaica Blue, Tank, U Sushi and Break Time.

Bus services – 8 April onwards

Some bus services will start using the new Manukau Bus Station from Sunday 8 April, conveniently located across the road from Manukau Train Station and the Manukau Institute of Technology.

The following bus routes will relocate from the current stops on Davies Avenue and will depart and arrive at Manukau Bus Station:

Routes Destination New Stop
35 Botany via Chapel Road and Ormiston Road Bay 11
313 Onehunga via Mangere and Papatoetoe Bay 9
325 Mangere Town Centre via Otahuhu and Otara Bay 14
352 Panmure via East Tamaki Bay 15
353 Botany Town Centre via Preston Road Bay 16
355 Botany via Mission Heights and Ormiston Bay 10
362 Weymouth via Great South Road Bay 17
365 Papakura Interchange via Porchester Road Bay 18
366 Manurewa Interchange via The Gardens Bay 13
368 Wiri Industrial Loop Bay 19
369 Wiri Industrial Loop Bay 20
380 Onehunga via Airport Bay 8

Note: Stop C (2383) and Stop D (2385) at Manukau Bus Station and Stop E (6920) on Leyton Way will close from Sunday 8 April.

Routes 33 and 361 will continue to use the current bus stops on Davies Avenue.

Stop A (2179) - Davies Avenue towards Otahuhu Stop B (2127) - Davies Avenue towards Papakura
Route 33 via Great South Road, Hunters Corner, Otahuhu Station Route 33 via Great South Road, Manurewa Interchange, Papakura Station
Route 361 via Tui Road, Otara Route 361 via Browns Road, Clendon Park, Mahia Road, Manurewa Interchange

Map of Manukau Bus Station and Stop Locations

Manukau Interchange Feb 18 v1.0

Download the Manukau Bus Station Map (PDF - 258KB)

  • There will be up to 470 urban buses arriving at Manukau Bus Station per day (weekday).
  • In addition, the inter-regional coaches will use the station to provide customers with seamless connection with Public Transport network and the airport.
  • Three urban bus operators under AT Metro brand will be the main users of the station.
  • Two regional coach operators will be serving the station soon.

Find out more about the project and watch the time lapsed and drone footage of the construction.