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Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

1. Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download an exciting MP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area. This fascinating and raw tour of New Zealand's oldest prison will take you on a historic journey through the undulating corridors which survived the 1931 Napier Earthquake. The corridors are twisted and walls misshapen. You will learn about some of the most terrifying prisoners, including Drug Barons and Mass murderers, and an infamous "Eye Eater". Check out the graffiti on the prisoner's bed bases and hear how toothpaste had multiple uses for incarcerated criminals. This tour shows how they lived behind the huge Kauri doors and how some of them died. You will hear tales about villains, victims and heroes, and wander around the old complex while viewing the Pound (solitary and padded cell area), Mess Hall, Remand Hallway, Cell 6, Key Men and Trustees, Cages, The Dome, Women's Wing, Te Kooti, John Yalash, Ghosts, Garden, Terry Clark, Teresa Cormack, Graveyard, and the Hanging Yard with replica kitset gallows. Hear of the few escapes and view the open Shower Block which was not for the fainthearted. Only closed in 1993, the prison complex has been the site of many TV shows such as a 10 part brat camp, "Redemption Hill", and was featured on "Off the Rails", "Epitaph" and several news and documentary shows. Please note this is a downloadable self-guided audio tour, therefore you will have no physical tour guide leading you through your travels.

Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

2. Napier: Art Deco Self-Guided Audio Walking Tour

Discover Napier at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour and learn about how the city was rebuilt after the devastation of the 1931 earthquake. Walk down the quaint streets of this seaside town where you can see unique architecture and impressive statues, and learn about the festivals and events that make Napier one of a kind. Watch the ocean as you walk along Marine Parade and witness the art-deco architecture of the Masonic Hotel. See Maori motifs, buildings with Mayan influences, and the unique architecture that defines this town. See the widespread art deco influence on buildings such as the AMP and Daily Telegraph buildings while listening to a musical experience curated to immerse you fully in this audio tour.

Napier: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

3. Napier: Self-Guided Earthquake Audio Tour

Learn about Napier’s worst earthquake, the worst in New Zealand in the past 100 years. The earthquake struck in February 1931 and destroyed and leveled most of the city’s buildings. As interesting as it is tragic, this is a memorable story. With a self-guided audio tour have more flexibility to experience it as you wish. Discover why the city is famous for its Art Deco style and learn about the functions of some of the buildings before and after the disaster. Learn about the fire which took hold shortly after the earthquake and ran rampant throughout the city, devastating the buildings that were still standing. Hear all about the temporary accommodation set up in Clive Square to accommodate those displaced by this disastrous event. Included in the tour are the stories of Napier Banks, the tram network, the Municipal Theatre, the Public Trust Building, the reporting of the quake, and the rebuilding and new land. Hear accounts from earthquake survivors Edward Waaka and Theresa Foley. See the Market Reserve Building, St John's Cathedral, the County Hotel, the Conservation Building with the Marine Parade Buildings, the iconic Masonic Hotel, and the HMS Veronica. 

Hastings EQ Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Hastings EQ Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download a vibrant MP3 Self-Guided Audio Tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Learn about the devastation and rebuilding after the infamous 1931 Napier Earthquake in this informative audio tour. The damage was not restricted to Napier, but spread to the farming city of Hastings and beyond, where many buildings were destroyed and lives lost. It did not take long for this city to rebuild, and many of the buildings are reputed to be even better than they were prior to the earthquake. You will learn about the effects the earthquake had on buildings such as the Former Post Office and the iconic Clock Tower, and hear stories regarding the old Roach's Department Store, St Mathew's Church, Las Palmas, the Hawkes Bay Farmers Building, the Dominion Buildings and Credit House.  You will also see the Karamu Chambers and the Public Trust Building, the Albert Hotel, Municipal Buildings, the Opera House with the Wesley Methodist Church, the Municipal Power House, and the Woman's Rest with the Hastings Centotaph. This tour is memorable and poignant and includes survivor's tales. Please note this is a downloadable Self-Guided Audio Tour, therefore you will have no physical tour guide leading you through your travels.

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What people are saying about Hawke's Bay

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Did the ghost tour. Enjoyed it so sooooooo much. Get into the room and listen to the story carefully, then you find out years ago the ghost just appeared at the place you’re standing right now…..

Was good a bit spooky intro a bit boring n long once getting into it really interesting rest of it was good

Loved it. Loved we could go at our own pace and self guide’s

We did historical tour, very informative and eye opening

Combine goat and historic self tour would make it better