Papatoetoe is a suburb in Auckland, New Zealand. One of the larger suburbs of the area commonly known as South Auckland, it is located to the northwest of Manukau Central, and 18 kilometres southeast of Auckland CBD. Papatoetoe has the unofficial title of Auckland's Little India, with 40 percent of the suburb's population being of Indian ethnicity according to the 2018 census.[1][2]

St George Street, Town Centre.
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland Council
Electoral wardManukau Ward
Local boardŌtara-Papatoetoe Local Board
Train station(s)Papatoetoe Train Station
Puhinui Train Station
Māngere East Middlemore Ōtara
(Towards Auckland Airport)
Flat Bush
(Towards Manukau Harbour) Manukau Central Manukau Central

Papatoetoe is a Māori name, which can be loosely translated as 'undulating area where the toetoe is the predominant feature',[3] making it named after the 'Prince of Wales' feather' (or toetoe / toi toi), which grew abundantly in the swampy parts of the region. Owing to some confusion over the spelling, the area was known as Papatoitoi for many years.