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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

What will Pukekohe look like in the future

The satellite town of Pukekohe is an established rural node located approximately 50 kilometres south of Auckland's city centre.

It is located on the rail line and is connected to State Highway 1 and the rest of Auckland via State Highway 22.

The wider catchment includes Paerata, located on State Highway 22, and immediately to the north of Pukekohe.

The nearby towns of Tūākau and Pokeno, located in the Waikato District, are also well connected to Pukekohe.

The node serves a wide rural catchment, centred on rural production with some of New Zealand's elite soils and prime agricultural land. Dairy farms and horticultural production activities have long been established on the surrounding fertile soils.

Pukekohe's economy is centred on farming-related activities and the protection of its highly productive soils is critical for the area.  It also continues to attract those seeking a rural lifestyle.

Its town centre offers a wide variety of services and facilities.

Future development of Pukekohe

Significant growth is anticipated in this area over the next 30 years.  Approximately 1700 hectares of land for future urban development has been identified around Pukekohe, including around 790 hectares in Paerata.

​This has the potential to accommodate approximately 14,000 dwellings [Note 1]. Upgrades to water, wastewater, stormwater and transport will be required.

This includes:

  • an extension of electric passenger trains from Papakura to Pukekohe
  • a new train station at Paerata
  • improvements to the road network to increase safety, capacity and resilience.

Development has been staged over the next 10 years, reflecting demand and the provision of the necessary infrastructure upgrades.

Priority has been given to the development of Paerata, with around 330 hectares of land ready for development. 

The structure plan for Pukekohe and Paerata will refine the staging and timing of development and will identify the mix and location of housing, employment, retail, commercial and community facilities.