Napier Prison

Day Tours

Opening  Hours: 9 am -5 pm daily

Self Guided Audio Tour

You will be given your own audio device and a map. Walk inside the walls and listen to the unforgettable stories surrounding the prison at your own pace.

Our Historical Tour focuses on the historical day-­to-­day workings of New Zealand’s oldest prison. You get to listen to general facts and stories of prison life dating back to 1862. Our recently updated Ghost Tour will be back up in running this Christmas. Our Ghost Tour narrates gory stories about the people who were once incarcerated here and the strange things people experience to this day. The Prison has also been used as an insane asylum and orphanage, and has been home to many creepy happenings. It also features recent visits from Sensing Murder psychic Sue Nicholson and renowned medium Craig Wright.

Which one is the best? That is up to you to decide.

TAKE YOUR MUG SHOT! AND EVEN GET YOUR FINGERPRINTS DONE AS A SOUVENIR TO TAKE HOME. LISTEN TO STORIES OF VILLAINS, VICTIMS AND HEROES WHILE YOU WANDER THROUGH THE CELLS. GET LOCKED UP IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT OR A PADDED CELL BEFORE STEPPING INTO THE THE HANGING YARD AND WALKING PAST THE GRAVEYARD.
FEATURED IN MANY PUBLICATIONS INCLUDING THE LONELY PLANET BLUE LIST 2008. NAPIER’S PREMIERE ATTRACTION.

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Price List

Adults $20
Children (12 and under) $10
Family pass (2 adults, 2 children) $50
Family pass (2 adults, 3 children) $60

Pick up your audio wand and a map and listen to the historical commentary of the prison at your own pace. Available in 15 languages. We have the largest number of foreign language tours available in Australasia:

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The areas you will get to see include:
  • Hanging Yard with Gallows
  • Earthquake Room
  • Visual Timeline of Prison Since Opening
  • Graveyard
  • Solitary Confinement
  • Redemption Hill Garden
  • Our resident ghost cat Basil may even make an appearance!

Please enquire about our special group booking price at (06)835-9933

 

 

Your chance to step inside the walls of New Zealand’s oldest prison.

The History Tour for the Napier Prison has realistic sound effects and stories about the harsh living conditions the prisoners were under. Walk down the same halls the prisoners walked in and peek inside their barren cells. Listen to tales of orphans and women who were incarcerated here, at the same time as the men. Hear tales of the insane who were locked in here as well. Interesting and informative, this tour is a fun way to learn about New Zealand’s old penal system.

The Ghost Tour for the Napier Prison has realistic sound effects and stories about ghostly sightings as well as the experiences of some paranormal groups who have visited the prison. Get spooked in the black room and find your way out if you dare! Feel the chills going up your spine as you listen to tales of gangs, the murderers who were hanged here, dangerous prison games played in the exercise yard and spooky occurrences. Not for the faint hearted.

 Jail time in Napier Prison

5 comments

  1. Jellyman Family - October 13, 2014 1:09 am

    Great to see some NZ history up close. Very interesting. Thanks. =)

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  2. Nessou from Germany - October 14, 2014 9:53 am

    I loved it! Even so I was very frightened (even so it was day time). It is a pretty cool place.

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  3. Jack - October 15, 2014 3:17 pm

    This was so much fun (really spooky)

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  4. Travanna - October 16, 2014 11:59 am

    It was the second shower from the right, when I touched the shower door it buzzed. I jumped away back to grandma.

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  5. Sherryn & Jess - October 21, 2014 4:13 pm

    Great!!! Would be horrible to be a prisoner here!

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