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“Something different” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Napier Prison Tours

Napier Prison Tours
55 Coote Road, Napier 4143, New Zealand
+64 6-835 9933
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Ranked #15 of 24 Tours & Activities in Napier
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Owner description: 3 different types of self guided tours available from 9am - 5pm daily while visiting the oldest prison in NZ. Choose from the historic tour, the ghost tour or the children's tour. 16 languages of historic tour available too! Visit the hanging yard with gallows, take a mug shot, stand in the stocks, while listening to stories of victims, villains and heroes. Walk the corridors which survived the devastating 1931 Napier Earthquake and see the effects it had on the interior of the prison. Visit solitary confinement, the graveyard and hear why those who were hanged here were buried standing up. The home of former prisoners like Mr. Big, The Eye-Eater, and others this is a visit you will remember! We were the season finale of Ghost Hunters International 2011/12 programme on the SYFI Channel. Film location of multiple TV programmes like Redemption Hill a 10 part Brat Camp.
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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“Something different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Well worth a visit if you're looking for something out of the ordinary. The guides are great, friendly and knowledgeable.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hastings, New Zealand
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Entertaining tales from a knowledgable guide.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I went on this tour with a friend in March, and thouroughly enjoyed it. The guide knew the history of the prision and its in habbitants, and told the taes in an entertaining, interesting manner. Well worth a visit!

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Brisbane, Australia
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“Don't waste your time or money...”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We were not impressed with this tour at all. The audio device was helpful however with the history but visually we found the place to be an eyesore. When you have residents (not the ghostly kind) staying there the place loses it's historical sense and becomes a novelty for backpackers at the expense of vistors. It was tacky to see a poorly painted brown mannequin dressed up like a gangster and in the next cell what appeared to be a blow up doll under a blanket...

Visited February 2011
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Taupo, New Zealand
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“Prison VIsiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2012

We have been to Napier many times and didn't even know there was a prison. We had an audio tour which was most informative, you took as much or as little time as you wanted. You can even stay there if you want - without having to commit a crime.

Visited January 2012
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“Interesting experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

It was interesting to see through an old prison that is still in pretty much the state it was in when used as a prison.

One thing that surprised me was that much of the prison was made of timber.

Entry fees are on the high side.

Visited December 2011
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