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Address: 55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6-835 9933
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Listen to a 50 minute self-guided audio tour while inspecting the vacant...

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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Met Basil the Cat

Very interesting self guided audio tour. It was great to hear about so much history. If the walls could only talk, I am sure their would be so much more.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Tanya P

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting self guided audio tour. It was great to hear about so much history. If the walls could only talk, I am sure their would be so much more.

1 Thank Tanya P
Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very interesting and informative place to visit, good price and so much to see, little spooky at times but I would say a must visit place, some great history here.

1 Thank AnnieONz
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Basically a self guided tour of the prison with 20 stops around the prison. As you enter the prison you are handed an audio device and a map you then make your own way around to each stop using the audio device for information on that stop. Not as good as Melbourne prison tour but still enjoyed it with some... More 

Thank MikeGlobal
Antrim, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to do something more than soak up the Art Deco delights of Napier a visit to the old prison might be up your street. Despite having gone through several iterations since being decommissioned in 1993, the reputedly- haunted facility still evokes the dismal atmosphere of its prison history to a large extent (laced with jailhouse humour throughout).... More 

Thank Daniel F
New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great that there is some attempt at local history, but disappointed that it wasnt more authentic. $20 per adult seems too pricey. Whilst the admission price came with a self guided audio tour (20 stops) the facilities have been changed since it was a prison (it became paid accommodation - so the mess hall & abultions are not original, &... More 

Thank 165gemmad
Stuttgart, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was OK, but definitely not worth $20. I can't think of anything more to say really. It was just a bunch of old buildings with cages in. The staff were nice and friendly and the recordings were informative

Thank paward
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found out about this Prison by word of mouth and it was so interesting. You were given a gadget which you pressed and listened to all the imformation and the friendly staff were very helpful .It was an insite on how prisoners were dealt with in the paSt. Quite horrifying without frightening the little ones.

Thank Christine T
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We wasn't sure if this was going to be good or suitable for us as we have 2 young kids aged 4 and 7 but was pleasantly surprised. The eldest had fun listening with his own set and our daughter had fun with the dress up and exploring with us. It takes about an hour but it's really interesting. It's... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours doing the self take tour which was very good. You are given an audio device that tells you stories about various parts of the prison (About 20 stories). The audio commentary is mainly specific to Napier Prison, but at times the narrative is about general prison stories. The prison was only closed in 1993,... More 

Thank Jeff T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a self-guided tour where you carry a pre-recorded commentary device as you walked around the prison. Just a note that it is not wheelchair accessible as you are walking through the prison and courtyard area. Although us adults would like to stay longer to read up on the interesting prison facts, our visit was quite brief as our... More 

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Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this review

Hi Lindee, Thanks for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your time here. Kind regards, The Matron. More 

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