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Napier Prison Tours

243 reviews
#19 of 39 Tours in Napier
About Napier Prison Tours
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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Reviewed 5 days ago

What an amazing insight in to NZ prison history. Totally fascinating tour that you can take at your own pace. We had our 2 children with us and the tour suited them too. The staff were so helpful and friendly. This is a hidden gem...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Katie_Friday
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife spotted this on a brochure via the I-site. We took the self guided audio tour at $20 per person and this took us around 1 - 1.5 hours to visit and listen to the audio. Really interesting and informative as part of local...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 917simond
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the napier prison.Lovely helpful staff.Audio tour was very informative. Was very impressed that they offer sunscreen well done.More

Thank shellsandc1
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. We are glad you had a good time during your incarceration. We have done our best to inform our guests of the history surrounding Napier Prison without being too long. Our staff are always available for extra information when possible. We...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Prison on 1 Jan and were greeted at the gate by a lady who was very grumpy. She didn't want us to be there, didn't look at us, told us off for pressing the button on the gate for too long and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GregS4022
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am terribly sorry for your experience. Our Staff are normally very good with our customers and enjoy talking and relaying information as needed. We will look into this incident on your behalf and rectify it. As for the Prison, We have done our best...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s great to be able to do the tour at your own rate. It was highly informative and the staff were friendly and competent. Highly recommended. Check that goggle maps sends you to the correct place .More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Maturecoupleholiday
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your feedback. We are very pleased you enjoyed your incarceration with us. Our staff enjoys taking care of you. We have addressed the google maps issue now and hopefully, people will be directed correctly. We hope you may come back some time and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great history, so vast, and interesting. From the fun way we were greeted at the door, and "sentenced" to our tour - had great handheld devices with audio storytelling, as well as the staff gave us more history at the end of the tour when...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BecD112
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed your incarceration with us. Our staff work very hard to make your visit as memorable as possible and love to share the history. We would happily have you in for a guided tour at any...More

Reviewed 15 December 2018

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
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for your Review. We are very pleased you enjoyed your tour and am happy our staff were able to give you a great experience. We appreciate all feedback given and will definitely take yours into consideration. We would love to have you come...More

Reviewed 8 November 2018 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
Thank copper2839
NapierP, Administrative Assistant at Napier Prison Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2018

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

Thank traveller9987
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

Thank Tiffany757
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

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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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