Napier Prison Tours

N.Z.'s oldest prison, Napier Prison, is open daily for self-guided audio tours, school trips & scary night tours. Listen to tales of victims, villains and heroes. See the results in the corridors of the 1931 earthquake. Mugshot and Fingerprints too.


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Opened in 1862, Napier Prison is New Zealand's oldest penal complex. The Prison survived the 1931 Earthquake and has been the location of several TV Shows including Ghost Hunters International on the SyFy and Redemption Hill, a 10 part Brat Camp. Open daily for self-guided tours, guided tours, school trips and scary night tours. This historical site can also be used for group functions including office parties and birthdays.

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Things to see on the tour include the Hanging Yard, Solitary Confinement, The Graveyard, The Mess Hall, The Hole and multi cell complex. Read prisoner grafitti and see where an infamous Drug Baron and "Eye-Eater" were locked up.

16 languages available with excellent photo opportunities throughout the complex.


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Physical address

Napier Prison Tours, 55 Coote Road, Bluff Hill, Napier, Hawkes Bay, 4110, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
15 minute drive
Proximity to coach terminal:
15 minutes walking
Proximity to town:
11 minutes walking

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $20.00

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Traditional) NO YES
French NO YES
German NO YES
Japanese NO YES
Portuguese NO YES
Spanish NO YES
Czech NO YES
Polish NO YES
Swedish NO YES
Hindi NO YES
Dutch NO YES
Slovenian NO YES

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