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Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

A visit to Napier Prison offers you the chance to connect with the story of our past. Built in 1861, Napier Prison played a key role in the New Zealand Penal system for over 130 years. It remains the most complete example of a purpose-built prison from the provincial government era (1853-1876).rnSince 2002, school parties, tour groups and individuals have been able to visit Napier Prison and soak up the history and atmosphere of this unique location.

From

NZ$ 30

per person

Highlights

  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

  • Experience solitary confinement and a padded cell with prisoner memorabilia including prison-made we

  • View the Hanging Yard where inmates were hanged by famous executioner Tom Long, before being buried

  • Visit the dark and grim women's wing where in the 1960's women and children were housed

Visit

Full Description

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.

Includes

Access to experience the tour on phone

Audio Device

Meeting Point

The historic prison is located on Napier’s Bluff Hill at 55 Coote Rd overlooking the Pacific Ocean and beautiful Centennial Gardens. View the old quarry where the inmates used to work their hard days’ labour to build the walls that would keep them imprisoned. Napier Prison is just a few minutes walk to the town centre and Marine Parade and has been listed as one of the 6 most haunted places in New Zealand.

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Terms

• 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

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Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

Napier Prison Self Guided Audio Tour

A visit to Napier Prison offers you the chance to connect with the story of our past. Built in 1861, Napier Prison playe...Show More
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