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Napier Prison Tours
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Napier Prison Audio Tours
Ranked #17 of 33 Tours in Napier
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 31, 2011

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.

Thank C0lster49
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Reviewed December 19, 2011

shame it is closed looks like an ideal spot to me. just used the hand held commentary, found it good

Thank Mark T
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

Best value for money tour I have ever done. compares well with Alcatraz although obviously much smaller scale. Highly recommended, watch out for Basil the Cat!!

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Reviewed October 22, 2011

Despite the other reviews, we found the whole enterprise good value for money for only $50 for 5 of us (we had three young children). We didn't realise that there were guided tours but even though we turned up slightly late, the staff made us feel very welcome and performed a tour just for us. The young girl who took the tour really brought the prison to life and our young kids (3, 7, 11) were captivated (especially by the ghost cat!).

All in all a very positive experience and we literally had to force a tip on to our guide!

10/10!

2  Thank NZjack
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

Unlike the previous reviewers, my friends and I had a positive experience. We were a group of about 15, and had a fantastic guide (the lady owner) who regaled us with stories and more stories about the previous inmates. We found it extremely interesting and consider we did get good value, as the tour was quite lengthy and unrushed, and most informative. Obviously it is better to take the guided option!

1  Thank NZNana
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