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Napier Prison Tours

55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-835 9933
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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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  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Take the audio tour. Very interesting history. Would love to see this attraction given some tlc as it has so much potential. I would go again when in the area.More

Thank rominkiwis
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2016

Hi There, Thanks for your review. We have had some trouble logging in so sorry for the late reply. We agree that the prison has a lot of potential. We have a lot of exciting things going on in the background that we hope to...More

Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

You must go. The history, the tour, the dress ups, photo ops - well worth ever penny. Hard to believe used as a prison back in the 90s! The cells so small and basic. There were two women running the place. Very nice and helpful....More

Thank MrsBeasley09
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2016

Hi there, Thanks for your review and sorry for the late reply, we have had issues with logging in. We agree the prison has huge potential and we are working on a few new things to make the prison thrive as well as updating the...More

Reviewed June 23, 2016

This was so interesting! Everything was left as it was, it made you feel like the experience was real! It was good having the auto recorder, because if you wanted to spend longer at an area you could. I think it was significant that they...More

Thank nzkiwigirl2016
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2016

Hi there, Thanks for your review and sorry for the late reply, we have had issues with logging in. We love reading reviews that people have thoroughly enjoyed them self's. We have lots of new exciting things happening at the prison and we hope to...More

Reviewed June 12, 2016

What an experience. We did the audio tour and really liked that we could go at our own pace, spending as much or as little time in any one place. You really FEEL this tour. I liked the way the Prison is - 'as is,...More

Thank MegzOamaru
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2016

Hi there, Thanks for your review and sorry for the late reply, we have had issues with logging in. We love reading reviews that visitors have enjoyed them self's. We have lots of new and exciting things happening at the prison so we hope to...More

Reviewed June 3, 2016

A must visit in napier! Great friendly staff and very interesting historical background with a bit of fun with mugshots at the end. Highly recommend.

Thank Hannah F
Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience, we dressed up took our mug shots and went on a self guided tour around the prison. It had awesome facts about the prison history and photos, that was great to get an idea of what it was like. This tour...More

Thank nicolarA9843GU
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2016

Hi there, Thank you for your review and sorry for the late reply, we have had issues with logging in. We are glad to hear that you had a good experience with us at the prison. We have lots of exciting new things happening so...More

Reviewed June 1, 2016

Bit of a goose bump tour.Scarey but so interesting. Unbelievable to see it as it is now and only closed as New Zealand's oldest prison in 1983. We had a tour guided by the lovely owner. A real tribute to her for not only running...More

Thank Sandra F
Reviewed May 23, 2016

Self guided tour of he prison. Very factual! Very scary! Well worth going! At the end of my tour I had my picture taken in an orange jump suit and my finger prints taken too!

Thank Helie1992
Reviewed May 19, 2016

A good way to fill in a couple of hours with something really different. An interesting experience from entrance to end. You get hand held speaker which guides you through section by section at your own pace. A lot of history 4 people hanged and...More

Thank antnChris
MarionMargaret, Owner at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2016

Thank you very much for taking time out to review the old Prison which we appreciate! It is a real eye-opener for kids and adults alike and most, like yourselves, can see why we don't pretty it up! The audio tour is currently being updated...More

Reviewed May 17, 2016

This prison is a rare opportunity to visit pre & post earthquake historical site as so much of Napier has been built since 1931. It retains much authenticity such that you can get a real sense of what life as an inmate must have been...More

Thank 313Jackie
MarionMargaret, Owner at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2016

Hi and thanks so much for your excellent review which I appreciate very much! We love working and preserving the history of the old Prison and pro-actively try to have value-adds to increase visitors experience. Hope to see you again in the near future! Best...More

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