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Napier Prison Audio Tours

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    Opening in 1862, Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest penal complex

    Begin your tour at the front gate and enter through the prisoner-built wall and walk through the Visiting Area where family members could see their loved ones. Take a look at the The Pound and see what solitary confinement meant in the 1900s, and visit the Detox Room where inmates would be disinfected and begin their new life behind bars. Next, step through the Courtyard where the Shower Block, Toilets, and Mess Hall are located. Learn about their meager meals and the few recreational activities available. As you enter the living areas, you'll witness the living conditions that inmates were subjected to, see how they left their mark on the Prison, and learn about the Earthquake that leveled Napier City. You'll make your way through the back of the Prison where you'll learn about the Graveyard and the prisoners that remain here. Finally, around the Cleaning Building, you'll visit the ominous Hanging Yard where several inmates met their end.

    This audio guided tour allows you to take your time (or skip) certain parts of the Prison. The tour allows you to read extra information and take great photo opportunities along the way.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We came to the prison on a last minute whim and throughly enjoyed it! The audio tour was good and there’s certainly a lot of history and interesting stories packed into such a small prison. Audio tour was a little confusing at times as the...More

    Thank NT15213
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Ive studied criminology so of course I had to visit this prison. A tad bit scary but very interesting. I enjoyed the self audio tour as it allowed myself to take my time to read and reflect on the history of this place. I highly...More

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    Reviewed June 20, 2019 via mobile

    I went with my colleagues from work for a monthly activity and we enjoyed the tour and the escape game. Was really helpful to me. Because it was a part of Hawke's Bay story that i was missing. It's in a really nice part of...More

    Thank TheRealAskapa
    Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

    On a positive note the chap on reception was friendly and helpful. The Audi tour was mediocre, not so much the commentary, northern numbering of the stations. The whole experience needs upgrading and quiet a bit if money being spent on it. Did not consider...More

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    Reviewed January 25, 2019 via mobile

    Had an absolute blast. Love the audio tour and been able to go at your own pace. Amazing friendly staff so welcoming! Definitely worth a visit.

    Thank JacquiR268
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    • Napier Prison Tours
    • Duration: 1h
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    • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
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