Est. 1861

Napier
Prison

Step into the past,
escape the present.

Escape, connect, remember.

Napier Prison offers you a unique opportunity to build your own connection
with an important part of New Zealand’s history.

Remembering,
Napier Prison

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).

Visit Napier Prison

Connect with Napier Prison and make our stories part of your life’s journey. Napier Prison remains a popular tourist attraction in Hawke’s Bay, offering visitors a special chance to experience a taste of New Zealand’s history.

Escape Napier Prison

Whether you choose to enter one of Napier Prison’s physical escape rooms or you don a headset for our virtual reality escape experience. You won’t find a more unique setting within which to experience the exhilaration of an escape challenge.

Today’s Prison

Marion and Toro Waaka are the caretakers of this remarkable piece of New Zealand’s history. Explore the present day at Napier Prison and find out more about their connection to the site, the important work involved in looking after the building, and the opportunities being built to connect Napier Prison with more New Zealanders

Experience something special at Napier Prison

From Weddings to TV Shows to Supernatural Tours, Napier Prison is a special place that often inspires a need to create individual connections. Bespoke, special events give our visitors the chance to tailor their experience of Napier Prison to suit their interests.

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