Napier Prison Tours

At Napier Prison tours, your personal guide will enthral you with tales of the villains, victims and heroes that have served time in the oldest prison in New Zealand. An audio tour with accompanying sound effects is a fun and educational way to learn of the prison’s interesting history if you prefer to walk around at your own pace.

  • Be entertained with stories of infamous deeds, notorious gang members, violent kingpins, prison escapes, ghosts and inside scams. Visitors have stated that the Napier Prison Tour experience was the highlight of their East Coast visit. Napier Prison was closed in 1993 and reopened in 2002 for your memorable experience in Hawkes Bay.
  • Recommended and featured on the front cover of the 1001 Best Things to See and Do in NZ book. Also featured in the "Redemption Hill" and "Off the Rails" TV series.
  • The only Hawkes Bay attraction and one of the only 6 New Zealand destinations  listed in NZ in the 2008 Lonely Planet Blue List Book.

Guided Historic Tours
Listen to tales of a prison wall constructed with hard labour, as well as hangings, escapes, and ghost sightings. Feel the chill on the back of your neck as you walk from death row past the graves of the executed and into the hanging yard. Take your mug-shot and get locked up in solitary confinement! Guided tours are to be pre arranged for groups of 10 plus.

Self-Guided Audio Tour
The historical audio tour is available in 16 languages and counting!  The Ghost Tour is available  in English – and we can usually accommodate late arrivals by ringing ahead.   Our self guided tours are provided by Citywalksz. For other tours around New Zealand click here.

Scary Night Tours
At a time to suit your group. Hear stories about hangings and escapes and see ghosts, ghouls, lunatics, prisoners, murderers and the criminally insane. It’s gonna be a scream!

Private Functions
Team building, school programmes, kids parties, work functions – Napier Prison Tours can cater to most types of functions. Our reliable catering partners can provide food on request.



Self Guided Audio Tours - Daily
Adults:                         $20
Children (12 & under): $10
Children under 5:         FREE

The self guided tours are provided by Audio Tours - 

The Dead Hill Scary Night Tour - Last Saturday of every month
Adults                              $25

Family and group rates are available. 

Opening Times

Self Guided Audio Tours available from  - 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week.


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P +64 (0)6 835 9933


55 Coote Road