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Napier Prison Tours

#20 of 49 Tours in Napier
Napier, New Zealand
About Napier Prison Tours
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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Explore the New Zealand capital at your own pace and discover top city attractions with ease on this self-guided Auckland audio tour. Download your mp3 audio guide and map, then take to the city streets at your leisure. Discover top attractions such as Aotea Square, the 19th-century Baptist Tabernacle, the Civic Theater, Khartoum Place, Myers Park, and St Kevin's Arcade, and find out what makes Auckland such a special place to visit. Along the way, gain insight into centuries of rich New Zealand history. 
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Gen wrote a review 3 Jan
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand19 contributions5 helpful votes
On a busy public holiday with hard working staff, we really enjoyed our tour. The tour was informative and fun and the staff- 3 young adults were friendly, welcoming and helpful. Would definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: January 2022
seahp wrote a review May 2021
Gisborne, New Zealand25 contributions2 helpful votes
We enjoyed this self guided audio tour. Fascinating site and still intact. Some of us did history tour. Our kids did the kids and one did the ghost. Our kids were a bit freaked out so not sure what they were listening to and if it was appropriate? Good history we would have liked more info on Te Kooti and local characters. Recommend, interesting slice of NZ history.
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Date of experience: May 2021
Vanessa C wrote a review Apr 2021
Waverly, New Zealand14 contributions2 helpful votes
Was my second time visiting the old prison but my first time doing the new ghost tour. Hard to find from the road- not well signposted. Barely any parking. It was interesting although dragged on at times. Certainly not scary but still wouldn’t like to visit this place at night !!! Thought the place needed a lot of maintenance. Yes I know it was left as is which is important but the props are embarrassingly cheap and tired. Some of the signs are just laminated paper and have become water damaged and unreadable. The costumes need replacing as they are falling apart. Certainly not worth the $20 entry fee. Adults are classed as 13 and above so makes it an expensive outing if you have teenagers.
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Date of experience: March 2021
amypie71 wrote a review Mar 2021
Kerikeri, New Zealand57 contributions4 helpful votes
The history factor was big here, we toured around the Prison noting it would've been dark, dingy and cold back in the day when it was in use but I feel like there could've been more emphasis and a better set up for the cells to show how they were authentically used, perhaps restored to how they would've really looked - some old blankets on some of the beds, one table in the outdoor area I think really wasn't enough.
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Date of experience: March 2021
Shazza wrote a review Feb 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand10 contributions
The tour was really interesting and available as an adult and child version. Wheelchair access is via a steep bumpy hill to the left of the prison in through a back door which is locked behind you with a prison key (no quick escape in an emergency). The area where you dress up and take prisoner photos is down steps so not accessible for a wheelchair user (a little disappointing) - we took some of the props and used them around the corner which was accessible (it would be great to have the background there for all to use). We found that there were a couple of door ways that were too narrow for a standard sized manual wheelchair (Melrose). To deal with the narrow doorways I (able bodied) went on a hunt around the place to find an alternative way around to the location (it was a bit all over the place but we got there). There were also a few single steps around the place that I needed to help get the wheelchair up. It would have been good if we had been offered photos for the lower area (entry part of the prison/tour) but we weren't so the wheelchair user was unable to see this part. Another thing to note for wheelchair users is that there is no accessible toilet there (there has been one but it is out of order and it doesn't look like it will be fixed). Also the parking is limited and a bit hilly up at the prison (there are no mobility parks there). It is a very interesting tour/experience but wheelchair users would definitely need a support person (even to pay you had to go down the steps to the office). It is definitely worth doing if you are able to work with the situation.
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Date of experience: January 2021