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Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

3.8 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Citywalksz Ltd
Other experience

Napier Prison Self-Guided Audio Tour

Activity provider: Citywalksz Ltd

From US$ 18.90 per person

Hear stories of villains, victims and heroes while wandering through the dark corridors of New Zealand's oldest prison - available in 16 languages. This is where Ghost Hunters International used the site as their season finale episode.

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  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Experience solitary confinement and a padded cell with prisoner memorabilia including prison-made weapons
  • View the Hanging Yard where inmates were hanged by famous executioner Tom Long, before being buried standing up so their soul did not rest
Full description

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.

  • Audio-guided tour (English only)
  • Walking tour
  • Self-paced
  • Transportation
  • Food/drinks

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What to bring

  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is advised to wear comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunscreen, warm clothing
  • Please note this is an audio tour. No physical guide will accompany you
  • This is your tour, your way, and at your pace, therefore there are no specific starting times for tours
  • Food and drinks are not included in the tour
  • Please see your printable voucher for download information
  • The audio guide is available in the English language only
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 13 reviews

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The two people at the Reception, especially the male, could have been more cheerful and enthusiastic. Also the buildings seemed to be in need of upkeep.

March 22, 2023

Although the audio tour was very informative the actual state of the property meant most of the tour could not be accessed due to safety fences

February 12, 2023

Super spændende at høre om det lille fængsels historie, der ikke er så gammel som man skulle tro. Vi var lidt overraskede over hvor spændende det var trods den lidt spøjse modtagelse. Helt klart et besøg værd. Fedt at man kunne tage rundvisningen i sit eget tempo og snakke sammen om historierne undervejs.

January 19, 2023


Product ID: 73504