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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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“audio tour” (34 reviews)
“own pace” (13 reviews)
“mug shots” (5 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 10 August 2017

My eldest (17 yr old girl) wanted to visit this and dragged the rest of us along. Glad she did as I learnt a lot about NZ prisons (and worldwide) and had eyes opened to condition up to comparatively recently (it closed in 1993). It...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 22 July 2017

An interesting look back into the recent past, although classed and used as a prison it was built to accommodate 40 and later housed 80 probably makes it a gaol. The building and it's past was of interest, the presentation around the prison with many...More

Thank Wystad
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Interesting experiece, was cool how they give the handheld device to tell you about all the different parts of the prison at your own pace. Was a good thing to do on a cold rainy day. Loved the entrance and making my own mugshot. Learned...More

Thank christinac9712017
Napier P, Administrator at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thank you for your review Christina. Our aim is to preserve the prison as it existed in 1993 when it closed, but also to give a glimpse of its 131 years of continuous operation, whilst not omitting more recent events. Each visitor becomes part of...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Really really interesting. Self guided tour with narrative via a device given to you at the beginning. Can't imagine being locked in there!

Thank Aaron B
Napier P, Administrator at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2017

Thank you so much for the review! We certainly think it's an interesting place, and we're always uncovering odd new facets of Napier Prison's history so we're glad when our visitors agree.

Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

The old prison is interesting and worth it on a gloomy or rainy day. The tour is self guided, though there were a few people there and I reckon they should offer a guided tour even if just one or two a day and I...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Called in on a very cold day and was even colder when we left lol. Old prisons are notoriously cold so be prepared if visiting in winter. We were made very welcome by Thomas who gave us a very brief history, then handed us our...More

Thank Sue W
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Well worth the $20. Authentic environment which is not well sign written. Probably best as a fair weather activity as there is some walking between buildings. Audio is great -if you have headphones take them to plug into the recording. Allow an hour.

Thank Russell V
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Liked the audio tour, could go at our own pace. Interesting facts and tidbits. I would suggest though that some renovation is in order. The hangman's galley could be a bit better too. Loved the prison cat!

Thank Samhain73
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Set into the side of the Napier Hill, up a very steep drive you come to the forbidding front of a large stone wall and entrance to the old prison. You are greeted by a warder in period costume who then takes you through the...More

Thank 747shirleyp
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Fascinating to walk through the old prison both inside and out. Going through the hanging yard where there is a noose and gallows, escorted in part by Basil the cat. One of the cells we went in had a definite "feel" to it, really interesting...More

Thank angelC3476SL
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2017

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to give us a great review. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour and hope to see you again sometime soon. Kind regards, The Matron.

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RobinfromCa
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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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