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Te Huia regional train service Te Huia regional train service

Te Huia is the passenger train service that operates between Waikato and Papakura in Auckland.


About Te Huia

Te Huia is the regional passenger train service connecting Waikato (Hamilton and Huntly) and Auckland (Papakura), which started operating on 6 April 2021.

The Te Huia has three stops on its journey from Waikato to Auckland:

  • Frankton (Hamilton),
  • Rotokauri (Hamilton),
  • and Huntly.

There are two return services each weekday (Monday to Friday), and one return service on Saturdays. 

Please note: Te Huia is not an Auckland Transport service. The service is operated by KiwiRail on behalf of Waikato Regional Council.

For more information visit the official Te Huia website.

Te Huia timetable

Weekday (morning service) - Waikato to Auckland

Departs Frankton Departs Rotokauri Departs Huntly Arrives Papakura
5:46am 5:54am 6:16am 7:25am
6:28am 6:36am 6:58am 8:07am

Weekday (evening service) - Auckland to Waikato

Departs Papakura Departs Huntly Departs Rotokauri Arrives Frankton
4:42pm 5:42pm 6:12pm 6:21pm
6:25pm 7.25pm 7:55pm 8:04pm

Saturday service

Due to ongoing track maintenance, this service is only available on selected Saturdays between April and August 2021. Visit the Te Huia website for dates this service is operating.

Saturday morning service - Waikato to Auckland

Departs Frankton Departs Rotokauri Departs Huntly Arrives Papakura
7:41am 7:49am 8:11am 9:20am

Saturday evening service - Auckland to Waikato

Departs Papakura Departs Huntly Departs Rotokauri Arrives Frankton
6:35pm 7:32pm 8:05pm 8:14pm

Travel time

The service to Papakura has an estimated travel time of approximately:

  • 98 minutes from Frankton.
  • 90 minutes from Rotokauri (The Base).
  • 68 minutes from Huntly.

The total journey from Rotokauri to Britomart in Auckland City Centre will take an estimated 2 hours and 30 minutes (subject to the transfer time at Papakura). Find out more about the Auckland train network.

Tickets

To travel on the Te Huia you will need a Bee Card or a paper ticket (cash fare applies). Paper tickets are purchased on board with cash, Eftpos or credit card. For fare information visit the Te Huia website.

For travel on the AT Metro Southern Line trains in Auckland you will need to use an AT HOP card.

Transferring to AT Metro trains in Papakura

Te Huia will arrive and depart from Platform 1 at Papakura station. Platform 1 is now gated to accommodate the different ticketing systems used by Te Huia and AT Metro.

Te Huia passengers transferring to a AT Metro Southern Line service in Auckland will need to have an AT HOP card to access platform 2 or 3.


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