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Napier Prison Audio Tours

  • 50-minute self-guided audio tour of Napier Prison
  • Visit the hanging yard, solitary confinement area and death row cells
  • Hear stories of the prison’s most notorious inmates
Napier Prison Audio Tours
From US$13.91
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Napier Prison Audio Tours
From US$13.91
Discover the dark history of New Zealand's oldest prison with a self-guided audio tour of the notorious Napier Prison. Hear stories of drug barons, escape attempts and hauntings as you follow your 50-minute audio guide around the historic building and learn about life in a 19th and 20th-century prison. See the hanging yard, solitary confinement area, death row cells and mess hall, and spend as long as you like exploring once your tour has ended.
What to Expect
Opening in 1862, Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest penal complex
Begin your tour at the front gate and enter through the prisoner-built wall and walk through the Visiting Area where family members could see their loved ones. Take a look at the The Pound and see what solitary confinement meant in the 1900s, and visit the Detox Room where inmates would be disinfected and begin their new life behind bars. Next, step through the Courtyard where the Shower Block, Toilets, and Mess Hall are located. Learn about their meager meals and the few recreational activities available. As you enter the living areas, you'll witness the living conditions that inmates were subjected to, see how they left their mark on the Prison, and learn about the Earthquake that leveled Napier City. You'll make your way through the back of the Prison where you'll learn about the Graveyard and the prisoners that remain here. Finally, around the Cleaning Building, you'll visit the ominous Hanging Yard where several inmates met their end.
This audio guided tour allows you to take your time (or skip) certain parts of the Prison. The tour allows you to read extra information and take great photo opportunities along the way.
Reviews (16)
1 - 5 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
Fun, interesting and historical

We had an amazing time doing the audio tour at the prison. The staff were incredibly friendly, pleasant and very knowledgeable. The audio tour is great in the fact you can go at your own pace. The information was interesting and engaging. The place could...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank NaesFL
Reviewed 3 November 2018 via mobile
Give it a miss

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

Thank traveller9987
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 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
Spooky but informative

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

Thank Tiffany757
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 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 5 June 2018 via mobile
Prison visit

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.

Thank olivernz
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
Interesting museum

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

2  Thank Graham B
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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