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“Not what I expected but still good”

Napier Prison Tours
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Napier Prison Audio Tours
Ranked #18 of 34 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 January 13, 2014

The campground we stayed at gave us a flier for this so we decided to go along and give it a go. While it wasn't what I expected it was still good and was only $20 so was a relatively cheap tourist attraction.

When you arrive you buzz at the gate and a persons head appears and tells you the cost before welcoming you into the prison. You have the choice of either a historical tour or a ghost tour. I was expecting that there would be a group of people and an actual guide showing us around but you are given a map and a hand held device which you use to listen to the tour as you wander around the prison by yourself. It is interesting seeing the actual prison cells and hearing stories about the prisoners; however as it has been a backpacking hostel it feels like some of the authenticity has disappeared. There are also lots of areas that are closed off and have staff only signs. Some of the prison is quite creepy and it was interesting seeing the gallows where they used to hang prisoners.

If you have an hour or two to spare and aren't worried about spending $20 you may as well check it out.

1  Thank JaimeNZ1
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

This is a VERY basic location. You are given your own audio guide so can go at your own pace. We chose the ghost tour which was VERY cheesy and I wish I had chosen the historical tour. If you went round at night it might be a bit more scary.

1  Thank Happy322
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Reviewed December 22, 2013

We were recommended this when in Marlborough, so went along. Good audio guide (we went for historic, not ghost story!) and lots to see. An enjoyable and informative, so worth a trip.

1  Thank Nicola J
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Totally disappointing!. The place looks run down and in need of a good paint and repair job. It is also a backpackers lodge which doesn't enhance the visit. $17.00 for seniors was well over the top.

3  Thank David W
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Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

Went with a Grabone deal, no fuss with this like most places. Worth a visit, do the Ghost Tour.

Was a little confusing but I guess all part of it.

1  Thank 446seanr
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