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Napier Prison Tours

#19 of 38 Tours in Napier
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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...more
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55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We did the self guided audio tour here, which only took about 45 minutes. The place is pretty small, so I’m not sure the $20 was the right price, I think it was a bit high, but the very kind and interesting lady at the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your Review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit to Napier prison. We feel the price is accurate as we are the oldest penal complex in New Zealand and the only one that you can actually look through as you...More

Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile

Visited this week. Not worth the $20pp. The place is run down (& probably hasn’t been maintained since it was closed in the 1990’s.) Customer service is dreadful. Wouldn’t recommend nor go again. Could do much better.More

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NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thank you for your review. We are very sorry you didn't enjoy your incarceration. We realise that the Prison is very old and looks run down however without completely loosing the history within the walls we can not do too many renovations. The prison has...More

Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

I went on a day where I was the only one there which made the tour a bit more freaky. The audio tour was informative. I’m not sure is it was worth $20 but still a good tour.More

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NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2018

Thank you for visiting New zealands oldest Prison. We are sorry you feel it was not worth the entry fee but are glad you found it informative. The Prison has been kept to its original condition as best as possible. The History in the cells...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018

If you don't want to be locked into a tour with others and would prefer to wander at your own pace, this is the item for you. The information provided on this tour was wonderful. It was clear, concise and well thought out.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018

Once we got the hand held information equipment working correctly we really enjoyed the tour. Difficult to believe these conditions were endured so recently in history. Full of good information. Enjoyable ninety minutes tour , care some underfoot conditions need special care.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Napier P, Adminstrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thanks for your comments we are glad you found it interesting. We apologize for the glitches with the audio equipment but have managed to rectify the issue. We hope you will come for one of our special evenings or our escape rooms next time you...More

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Good couple of hours spent hearing about this history of the first prison in NZ and it’s former occupants Worth a look A little pricey at $20 per adultMore

Date of experience: July 2018
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Napier P, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your tour. The prison is full of history and we are pleased to be passing the information on. We will definitely take your price comment under advisement. We would love to see you come back and...More

Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

A great little prison to visit. Very much enjoyed the Audio tour and great that they are still going and showing the history of Napier prison. Staff very friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Napier P, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We agree with you that we have an amazing piece of history within the Prison walls and love sharing with everyone.

Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Very interesting attraction that is different to the rest! You are given a map and an audio device to listen to as you go. It is full of information and gives a very real insight into the prison that used to operate here. I would...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Napier P, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We do apologise for the audio equipment problems. We have now fixed the glitches. We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope you will consider a visit to one of our escape rooms or a night tour...More

Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

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.

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Napier P, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We are really glad that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope you will consider an escape room experience or scary night adventure next time around.

Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

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

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Napier P, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Its hard to believe that it was only 24 years ago that it finally closed its doors for good. We welcome you back next time you are here to try out...More

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RobinfromCa
21 September 2017|
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Response from NapierP | Property representative |
Hi 'RobinfromCA', When you visit the prison for a self-guided tour, we provide you with an audio player and a map with which to explore Napier Gaol at your own pace.
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