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Manukau station

Manukau Station is a transport hub and vital link to a new tertiary campus on the recently constructed rail line between Puhinui and Manukau centre. 


Project purpose

The Manukau station construction was fully completed in July 2014. The planned bus interchange will complement the Public Transport services when complete in early 2016.

When it opened in 2012, Manukau Station it was the first new rail connection to be built in Auckland in 82 years. It is now electrified and electric train services have been running regularly since August 2013.

The recent opening of the $100 million Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) Campus to the public is a major milestone for Auckland Transport as the approach to the new Manukau Station is transformed and another transport interchange nears completion.

With the MIT Tertiary Hub now completed, commuters can enter the new station using the Davies Avenue Boulevard entrance under the new MIT.

Train and bus services

The first train into Manukau Station, 4 April 2012

Since the station opened in 2012 there were three trains an hour in peak times and one train an hour at other times.

From Monday 8 December the frequency will increase to 6 trains per hour peak time, 3 trains per hour between peaks on weekdays and ½ hourly service evenings and weekends.

All trains from Manukau Station will head north so to travel south you will need to get off the train at Puhinui Station and transfer to another train heading south.

The 580 bus service from Botany, Flat Bush and Redoubt Rd will be extended to Manukau Station, and services increased, to provide a connection between trains and these suburbs.

Further bus services can be extended to the station in the future,  and Manukau is expected to eventually become the main bus hub for Auckland south.

The train station will soon benefit from the new Manukau bus interchange, a key transfer station connecting bus users from the region to other buses and the rail network.

The cultural heritage of Manukau Station's location

Te Waiohua iwi have a rich and significant ancestral relationship with the entire region associated with the Manukau Station and Manukau Institute of Technology Tertiary Centre (MTC) extending over nine centuries.

The creation of the volcanic field is associated with Mataaho, the deity responsible for volcanic activity. In Waiohua tradition, the creation of the volcanoes of Tamaki Makaurau is the result of Te Riri o Mataaho – the anger of Mataaho.The station and MTC is partly built on the ancient pa of the Te Waiohua peoples that in turn was built on the lava fields of Matukutureia and Matukuturua, part of the Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) volcanic field. This field is collectively of major spiritual and cultural significance to the hapu associated with Makaurau, Pukaki and Whatapaka Marae along with the wider tribal grouping of Te Waiohua. 

The Waiohua iwi of Tamaki Makaurau and Manukau have ancient ties with the Manukau Harbour and its environs extending back nearly a thousand years. They have particular associations with the Hayman Park area that date back to the arrival of the Tainui waka in the fourteenth century.  

Text supplied by Saul Roberts to Manukau Institute of Technology

The tertiary centre

Exterior view of the MIT campus from the frontThe $100 million Manukau Institute of Technology Campus opened in June 2013.

Commuters and students can access the station through an atrium the size of a rugby field with soaring views through six floors of the 14,000 square metre education facility above.

It is decorated in a cultural theme by artists led by MIT lecturers making it one of the most impressive transport interchanges in Auckland.

The partnership between MIT and Auckland Transport sees a station complex matching the new commuter friendly transport facilities at other major centres such as Britomart, Panmure and Newmarket.

The Manukau Station and Education Hub complex will be complemented with development of a bus interchange, parking improvements and access to the Manukau City Centre which are expected to be a transformational catalyst in South Auckland. 

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