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Napier Prison Tours

55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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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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55 Coote Road, Napier 4110, New Zealand
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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

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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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Reviewed 13 March 2018

What a wonderful tour. So enlightening and entertaining at the same time. for all fans of the macabre this tour is a delight from start to finish. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is traveling the Napier area.

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

You can walk through on your own with an Audio tour, however it dosent always match what you are seeing. They need more history on the walls instead of just the graffitti. I think its an amazing place of history but needs restoring. Parking is...More

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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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