Papakura Information

Papakura is located on the shores of the Pahurehure Inlet near the southern reaches of the Manukau Harbour, approximately thirty-two kilometers south of the Auckland CBD. The legendary Great South Road runs through the township, forming its main street. Originally built as a military supply route to Waikato during the New Zealand Wars, the old Great South Road became an important feature in the later development of the entire region. By 1939, the army built a substantial military camp, augmented with housing for personnel, on the outskirts of the town. To this day, New Zealand’s elite SAS Special Forces still uses the original training facilities.

Papakura is a Maori name believed to have originated from “papa” (meaning earth or flat), and “kura” (meaning red), reflecting the rich, fertile soil upon which the community was founded. Both the southern motorway and the North Island Main Trunk Railway pass through the district. Centrally located, Papakura has easy access to both coastlines and vast expanses of rolling countryside. Ardmore Airport is situated just a few kilometers north east of the township. Interestingly, Ardmore is the busiest airport in the country based on aircraft movements.

Famous New Zealanders who were either born, or spent much of their lives in Papakura include Sir Edmund Hillary (mountaineer and explorer), Fleur Adcock (poet), John Walker (Olympic gold medalist) and Valerie Adams (Olympic gold medalist).

The people of Papakura have an appreciation of cooperative spirit, a proud history and a determination for achievement; all prerequisites and vital ingredients for a healthy community. To find out more about Papakura, call the knowledgeable team at Harcourts Papakura today.