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Step back in time on a history tour
Recorded commentary by audio headphones
Multiple times offered throughout the day
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Perfect for all ages and skill level
Opening in 1862, Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest penal complex
Begin your tour at the front gate and enter through the prisoner-built wall and walk through the Visiting Area where family members could see their loved ones. Take a look at the The Pound and see what solitary confinement meant in the 1900s, and visit the Detox Room where inmates would be disinfected and begin their new life behind bars. Next, step through the Courtyard where the Shower Block, Toilets, and Mess Hall are located. Learn about their meager meals and the few recreational activities available. As you enter the living areas, you'll witness the living conditions that inmates were subjected to, see how they left their mark on the Prison, and learn about the Earthquake that leveled Napier City. You'll make your way through the back of the Prison where you'll learn about the Graveyard and the prisoners that remain here. Finally, around the Cleaning Building, you'll visit the ominous Hanging Yard where several inmates met their end.
This audio guided tour allows you to take your time (or skip) certain parts of the Prison. The tour allows you to read extra information and take great photo opportunities along the way.
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Headsets to hear the guide clearly
Clothing for photo opportunities
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Operated by a multi-lingual guide (Audio)
A small amount of walking is involved
Graveyard or Hanging Yard not recommended for pregnant women or small children
Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those using a wheelchair
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Minimum age is 4 years
Anytime from 9am-4:30pm (last entry) 7 days a week