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Napier Prison Tours

#21 of 43 Tours in Napier
Napier, New Zealand
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About Napier Prison Tours
Listen to a 50 minute self-guided audio tour while inspecting the vacant prison cells and deserted exercise yard. You will learn the history of the oldest prison in New Zealand and experience what doing time was all about. Feel the oppressive atmosphere of the hanging garden, the solitary confinement and the death row cells. Hear the tales of the Australasia’s richest drug baron; escape attempts, the Eye eater, hangman’s gallows and much more. Audio guide tours allow you to take your time and read extra information along the way. Family entertainment is guaranteed with plenty of photo opportunities including mug shots and an opportunity to create life-long memories through our Souvenir Shop Napier Prison has also been featured on Ghost Hunters International where unexplainable activities were investigated. is also one totally haunted attraction. We invite you to experience your own Ghost Hunt learning from our paranormal experts how to use the ghost equipment, take great photographs and recognize paranormal activity. We provide our guests ample time to use our "Ghost Hunting" devices.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Audio system narrates each point of interest. Children get a more kid friendly version. Good value although the site is rather run down. pretty grim conditions particularly the cage where imigrants were held with no water or toilet facilities. Take your kids and they will...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Andrew B
Reviewed August 8, 2019 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

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Reviewed August 5, 2019 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 July 19, 2019 via mobile

Enjoyed our time at the prison. Host was lovely and friendly. It is old and confronting but worth the money ($20)

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Arn135
Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

Only works if you plan ahead. I paid for but wasn’t able to download the files away from my hotel. Never mind. Very frustrating.

Date of experience: July 2019
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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

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Reviewed April 27, 2019

My husband and I did the self guided audio tour one afternoon recently. There was free parking available right outside the front gate, and the prison was very easy to find and well sign posted. It was actually closer to town than we expected. It...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed April 26, 2019

My husband and Son came to this activity on our recent visit to Napier. He found the operation rather unprofessional i.e. staff not wearing uniforms, no real proper reception The audio commentary was okay but he got sick of holding it up to his ear.

Date of experience: April 2019
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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

2  Thank 576ianf
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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Andrea C
August 12, 2019|
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Response from MarionMargaret | Property representative |
Hi yes you can do the tour at a time to suit you. Download the audio via your PC and save to your smartphone. Instructions are on the link. Once downloaded it is available offline saving data charges. There is a map... More
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StephanieG3534
February 10, 2019|
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Response from NapierP | Property representative |
Hi Stephanie, Sorry for the late reply. Yes we do have wheelchair access.
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RobinfromCa
September 20, 2017|
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Response from NapierP | Property representative |
Hi 'RobinfromCA', When you visit the prison for a self-guided tour, we provide you with an audio player and a map with which to explore Napier Gaol at your own pace.
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