Hukanui railway station

The Hukanui railway station on the Wairarapa Line was located in the Tararua District of the Manawatū-Whanganui region in New Zealand’s North Island.

Hukanui railway station
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Hukanui about 1917
General information
LocationNew Zealand
Coordinates40°34′01″S 175°41′40″E / 40.566972°S 175.694450°E / -40.566972; 175.694450Coordinates: 40°34′01″S 175°41′40″E / 40.566972°S 175.694450°E / -40.566972; 175.694450
Elevation195 m (640 ft)
Line(s)Wairarapa Line
DistanceWellington 137.28 km (85.30 mi)
Opened9 October 1896
Closed1 August 1988
Preceding station   Historical railways   Following station
Line open, station closed
  Wairarapa Line
Line open, station closed

The station served the settlement of Hukanui, which was established in 1894, and was briefly called Brownston.[1] The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage gives a translation of "heavy snow" for Hukanui.[2]

Hukanui in 2008, looking north. Seen here are the loading bank (left, behind the fence) and platform (center)

The station opened on 9 October 1896 and closed on 1 August 1988. It became a siding in January 2009.[3]

The 162-metre (531 ft) bridge across Mangatainoka River, to the south of Hukanui, is the longest on the line.[4]


  1. ^ "Brownston the town its residents wanted to rename (with photo of station site)". Stuff (Fairfax). 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "1000 Māori place names". New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Juliet Scoble: Names & Opening & Closing Dates of Railway Stations in New Zealand" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2020. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  4. ^ Geoffrey B. Churchman and Tony Hurst, The Railways of New Zealand: A Journey Through History (Auckland: HarperCollins, 1991), pg. 160.