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Napier Prison Audio Tours

  • 50-minute self-guided audio tour of Napier Prison
  • Visit the hanging yard, solitary confinement area and death row cells
  • Hear stories of the prison’s most notorious inmates
Napier Prison Audio Tours
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Napier Prison Audio Tours
Discover the dark history of New Zealand's oldest prison with a self-guided audio tour of the notorious Napier Prison. Hear stories of drug barons, escape attempts and hauntings as you follow your 50-minute audio guide around the historic building and learn about life in a 19th and 20th-century prison. See the hanging yard, solitary confinement area, death row cells and mess hall, and spend as long as you like exploring once your tour has ended.
What to Expect
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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1 - 5 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile
Prison visit

The prison was awesome. It was clean & tidy. The audio device they give you was really easy to use & to understand. The staff were friendly. We would reccomend you try it out if you haven't visited it already.

Thank Oliver F
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile
Interesting museum

This was a working prison in the 1800's right through to the 1900's. Now it is open to show what life was like for prisoners and warders during this time. After paying the admission fee you get an audio guide which enables you to walk...More

2  Thank Graham B
Reviewed 15 April 2018
Behind Prison Walls

I was expecting foreboding brick cells and yards, however the internal builings are wooden structures, which have become a rabbit warren over the years with add-ons. However, the distinctly unnerving feeling of standing in the cells wasn't lost on me, especially the solitary confinement area....More

2  Thank Jude W
Reviewed 13 March 2018
Small but very interesting

Fascinating place. Audio equipment easy to use and plenty of other information around. Staff very friendly and helpful. Very interesting and well worth a visit.

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 8 March 2018
Surprisingly different

I really thought this was a great and different experience. The lady in the office who organised the audio equipment was super friendly. The prison for me was an eye opener and quite chilling.

Thank lizzielum62
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