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Airport to Botany Rapid Transit

Latest news for Airport to Botany Rapid Transit

We have lodged Notice of Requirement documentation with Auckland Council  to protect the land we need for future Airport to Botany project (as part of the Southwest Gateway Programme(external link)). This stage of the process is managed by Auckland Council, who will publicly notify these in due course. We currently anticipate that public notification of lodgement will take place at the end of February 2023.

Find out more about this process(external link).


About this project

Delivering a fast, frequent and affordable rapid transit between Botany, Manukau and Auckland Airport.

This project is part of the Southwest Gateway programme(external link). Auckland Transport is leading the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project and more information can be found on the Auckland Transport website(external link).

Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth is preparing the Notices of Requirement (NoRs) under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to protect the land needed by Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi for the project. 

This page provides information on the route protection process that we are completing throughout 2022 and a web map allowing you to view the proposed Rapid Transit Route and stations.

The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project will improve travel choices and journey times for Aucklanders making travel on public transport to social, residential and commercial centres in the area easier and more reliable. It will improve accessibility in the southern and eastern areas of Auckland, including to major employment centres at Auckland Airport and Manukau. It will also provide an important link in the wider Auckland rapid transit network, creating connections to the rail network at Puhinui and Manukau stations and the Eastern Busway at the proposed future Botany Station.

Project benefits

The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project will improve access between the southern and eastern areas of Auckland by:

  • improving travel choices and journey times for people in south and east Auckland, with a reliable 35-40 minute journey time between Auckland Airport and Botany
  • proving a 18km congestion-free rapid transit with high capacity services
  • improving access to major employment centres, including Auckland Airport and Manukau
  • provide an important connection in the rapid transit network, connecting to the rail network at Puhinui station and Manukau, the Eastern Busway at a new Botany interchange(external link)
  • supporting growth opportunities along the route - as well as for the wider south and east Auckland area
  • improving walking and cycling connections between Auckland Airport, Puhinui Station interchange, Manukau and Botany, with 12km of new facilities.

Journey Times

  • Airport to Manukau
    18-19 min
    Using Rapid Transit

  • Airport to Papakura
    31-33 min
    • Rapid Transit to Puhinui
    • Train from Puhinui to Papakura

  • Airport to Botany
    36-30 min
    Using Rapid Transit

  • Airport to Britomart
    45-50 minutes
    • Rapid transit to Puhinui
    • Train from Puhinui to Britomart
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