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Napier Prison Audio Tours

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    What to Expect
    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Napier Prison
    Departure Time
    Anytime from 9am-4:30pm (last entry) 7 days a week
    Return Details
    Napier Prison
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
    • Free Parking
    • Free Storage
    • Umbrellas
    • Clothing for photo opportunities
    • Entry/Admission - Napier Prison Tours
    • Drinks
    • Souvenirs
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Operated by a multi-lingual guide (Audio)
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We really enjoyed the tour. I thought the audio tour is really well laid out and took us about an hour to do. You are provided with a audio handset and just type in the number of the section of the tour you are at (fairly standard for an audio tour) and you are also provided
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    Want to go to jail? A haunted jail? Here is place for you. And is a backpackers as well. Great place of history. Can be scary. And get your own memorable cup. Do it as a group. And have a noisy night.
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    This was an interesting tour through a small compact prison. You get an audio guide which is great, but you need your own earphones to make it handsfree. There are lots of little 'did you know' boards around the prison, with more interesting facts. It was a little confusing
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    Great tour but the audio is very hard to hear and one of the machines kept not working. Headphones would of been better instead of having to hold it up to your ear. Great information on Prison tho.
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    This tour was below par. The prison has not been maintained in its original state having been used as a backpackers hostel and other things so you need to employ a lot of imagination with the self guided tour. It’s very small and the guide to each consecutive interest point were
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    Key Details
    • Napier Prison Tours
    • Duration: 1h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Instant confirmation
    • Languages Offered: English, Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
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