View of the French Pass campsite from the sea

Image: DOC


This scenic camp is a great base for boating, fishing, swimming and kayaking and is the gateway to Rangitoto ki te Tonga/D’Urville Island.

Campsite overview


  • Boat
  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Jetty
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
18 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming

Seasonal restrictions

  • 30 December – 2 January: Minimum two night stay.
  • 15 December – 7 February: Minimum fee per site is two adults.
  • NZMCA/DOC Pass not valid between 20 December and the day after Waitangi weekend.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite


There is a boat ramp next to the campsite and a jetty nearby.

  • Fush toilets, sinks and cold showers available.
  • Wheelchair accesible with assistance.
  • Water must be boiled, treated or filtered

Getting there

Te Aumiti/French Pass  is in the Marlborough Sounds.

Turn off SH 6 north of Rai Valley into Ronga Road which becomes Croisilles-French Pass Road. Follow this for 70 km to the end. The road is partially unsealed and is narrow and winding. 

Te Aumiti/French Pass  can also be accessed by boat.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1670992, N5469085
Latitude: -40.92601755, Longitude: 173.84247534


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


  • 30 December 2January: Minimum 2 night stay.
  • 15 December - 7 February: Minimum fee per site is two adults for up to the first two people regardless of age.
  • Credit/EFTPOS payment is only available between 1 December and Easter at the camp.


Bring cash with you, no ATMs are available at French Pass.

If you have not pre-booked, pay cash on arrival at the self-registration stand. The Camp Manager checks payments daily.

EFTPOS/Credit Card payment is only available for payment between 1 December and Easter at the camp.


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between the Friday before Christmas and the end of Waitangi weekend. In 2020/2021, this is 18 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.

To pay with your NZMCA pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'NZMCA Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will be automatically applied when you make a booking.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 November 2020.

Bookings for stays from 1 December 2020 to 30 June 2021 will open at 9:30 am on 1 September 2020.

Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the peak period from 1 December – 28 February and for public holiday weekends. There is a minumum two-night stay from 30 December – 2 January

Book French Pass Campsite online

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated/selected on arrival.


Walking and tramping

Walk the French Pass Lookout Track and watch the tide race through the narrow gap between D'Urvillle Island and the mainland.

Know before you go

  • No dogs or pets
  • No fires
  • No generators
  • Hours of quietness - 9.30 pm to 6.30 am

Camp manager

French Pass Campsite
+64 3 576 5298 – this phone is not monitored every day so there may be a delay in replying to your message.


Whakatū / Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 546 9339
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
79 Trafalgar Street
Nelson 7010
Postal Address:   Private Bag 5
Nelson 7042
Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
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