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Napier Prison Tours

55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
+64 6-835 9933
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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 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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  • Average19%
  • Poor6%
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“audio tour” (36 reviews)
“own pace” (12 reviews)
“self guided” (8 reviews)
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55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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+64 6-835 9933
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 adult

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Naomi L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

The prison and gardens really need some upkeep even just the lawns mowed and spider webs dusted away to make it look a bit more tidy. The staff member that served us at the beginning really didn’t care if we were there or not but...More

Thank Debbie M
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AliBeal, Administrator at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We have taken on board your suggestions regarding the look of our facility. Thank you for visiting with Napier Prison and we are glad the Self Guided Tour was enjoyable.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

It was an interesting experience but really it I didnt feel like it was all that professional and a bit repetitive. Maybe if the people managing it were to go thru and reprint much of the information and do a bit of a cleanup around...More

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AliBeal, Administrator at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Thank you for your feedback. Our main aim is to show the fundamental union of Victorian era and early 1990's standard of Prison system in Napier. We are always interested in new ways to present the historic information and stories of Napier Prison and this...More

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

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RobinfromCa
21 September 2017|
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Response from Napier P | 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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