Napier Prison Tours

School Programmes

School Groups

Primary and Intermediate Students

We run an educational and fun 2 ­hour Junior Programme here at The Prison suitable for junior and intermediate students. The programme teaches them about New Zealand history and what life was like for some people before they were born. It is a safe environment for the children to come and learn about the history of New Zealand’s oldest prison and the lives of its former inhabitants

Younger Students

We run a fun and educational 1 1/2 ­hour Junior Programme suitable for younger visitors. The programme teaches them about New Zealand’s oldest prison through games and stories and what life was like for some people before they were born. It is a safe environment for the children to come and see the old prison.


Guidelines for Teachers

We can accommodate groups of up to 30 people per tour guide, if your group size is larger than this simply let us know and we will arrange additional guides. A minimum of one supervising adult per 10 children is required. The tour starts outside the prison gates and begins by introducing the students to the history of the site. The tour then heads inside the walls of the The Prison which includes the hanging yard, the graveyard, the women’s wing, the cells, Redemption Garden, the suicide wing, solitary confinement, the cages and the exercise yard. Along the way, the tour guide will tell you stories about prison life and the history of The Prison. Tours, and stories can be tailored to suit your needs. We understand that some of the subject matter such as the hanging yard and murder stories is sensitive and can adjust the route and narration of the tour to meet your requirements.

*High School Students and University Students are welcome to come for class trips for guided tours or audio tours.*

*Guided tours can be tailored to your course requirements.


School Tours Include

  • Historical Tour
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Fingerprinting
  • Games
  • Mug Shots






  1. Lisa Hulme - May 25, 2018 3:35 pm

    Hi there,

    I am interested in bringing 2 groups of students (aged 9-11) to the Napier Prison for a tour. I am looking at Thursday the 1st of November at around 10:30 and the second group on Thursday the 8th of November at the same time. Both groups will have approximately 28 students and 7 adults. Is this a possibility?



    • napier - June 9, 2018 11:53 am

      Sorry for the late reply. Please email to our email address. thank you


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