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Address: 55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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+64 6-835 9933
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Listen to a 50 minute self-guided audio tour while inspecting the vacant...

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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Napier Prison Audio Tours

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Interesting, self guided tour, although we were accompanied by the resident cat, Basil, who followed us from room to room. The prison has been visited by Ghost Hunters... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
kdh78
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Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
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Australia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The presentation is very patchy, haphazard and amateurish overall. There is a laminated sheet displaying key places that are numbered and played on a mobile audio tour. Displays are poorly presented and badly lit. At times, the relevance of displays to the prison itself is questionable eg the 1931 earthquake. A whole room contains information on this topic that is... More 

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Auckland
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Art Deco weekend in Napier during the rain and found time to walk up to the Old Napier Prison. Adults $20 but well worth the money. You get a self guided audio tour or join a tour.Spent a couple of hours there self guided.Rock up and ring the bell.We found the staff to be awesome and very... More 

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Thank MattieAuckland
London, United Kingdom
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324 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although away from the Town Centre - can be accessed via the beautiful Centennial Gardens - the old Napier Prison proved my favourite local attraction. Unlike some prisons - and this is a relatively small one - there is plenty to see. Your visit (NZ$20 for adults) is greatly enhanced by having an information handset which misses nothing out! A... More 

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Thank stevebG6121BX
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Napier Prison tour is a perfect way to spend a gloomy day in Napier, serious but not too serious, creepy but not to creepy, smelly but not too smelly, it is a great way to learn a bit while having fun with friends. we loved it!

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Thank Robin_Laura
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a proud Hawkes Bay Grandfather I took my adult children and grandkids to see this historic site. Went years ago when it first opened for tours and it was fantastic. When I went this time I felt embarrassed and most of all ripped off. $20 for each adult is way to expensive and the place is absolutely run down.... More 

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Rotorua, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely loved it. Thought it great value in comparison to other tourist attractions in NZ. Loved the info on walls and reading the graffiti. Guy in office was lovely and very helpful

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Thank f0odie300
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this review

Hi ya, Thanks so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again sometime soon. Kind regards, The Warden. More 

Fort Gibson, Oklahoma
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting, self guided tour, although we were accompanied by the resident cat, Basil, who followed us from room to room. The prison has been visited by Ghost Hunters International TV show, and is a times a little spooky. However, the prison is worth a visit from a historical standpoint and if you want to see another side of Napier other... More 

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Thank kdh78
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks so much for your review. We love seeing that people enjoyed their visits with us. We hope to see you again one day soon. Kind regards, The Warden. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Very interesting self guided audio tour. It was great to hear about so much history. If the walls could only talk, I am sure their would be so much more.

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Thank Tanya P
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks so much for your review. We love hearing that people have enjoyed their visit with us and glad Basil made an appearance for you. Kind regards, The Warden. More 

Rotorua, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This was a very interesting and informative place to visit, good price and so much to see, little spooky at times but I would say a must visit place, some great history here.

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Thank AnnieONz
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you back sometime soon. Kind regards, The Warden. More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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52 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Basically a self guided tour of the prison with 20 stops around the prison. As you enter the prison you are handed an audio device and a map you then make your own way around to each stop using the audio device for information on that stop. Not as good as Melbourne prison tour but still enjoyed it with some... More 

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Thank MikeGlobal
Napier P, General Manager at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this review

Hi there, Thanks for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your tour and hope to see you back one day soon. Kind regards, The Warden. More 

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