French Pass jetty
Image: Shellie Evans ©


Enjoy water activities from scenic coastal campsites at Te Aumiti/French Pass or on the more remote D'Urville Island.


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Place overview


  • Camping
  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping

Find things to do and places to stay French Pass and D'Urville Island Scenic Reserves

About track difficulties

Hunter and dog near Greville Harbour. Photo: Margot Ferrier.
Hunting near Greville Harbour,
D'Urville Island/Rangitoto ki te Tonga


Red deer and feral pigs are common and can be found throughout the area at any time of the year. A population of fallow deer are currently found in the south of the island on private land. Many of the landowners surrounding the public conservation land have strong views on illegal hunting on their land. Unless you have permission from relevant landowners ensure you stay within the reserve boundaries.

DOC public conservation land in the Marlborough Sounds is closed to hunting annually from sunset on 22 December to sunrise on 9 February.

Mountain biking

D'Urville Island/Rangitoto ki te Tonga has a network of gravel roads with little traffic and any climbs reward you with stunning coastal views. At Moawhitu in Greville Harbour there are a number of former farm tracks giving access to more remote areas. Distances and remoteness rather than technical tracks are the main challenges and riders need to be completely self sufficient. A great place for a relaxed mountain biking experience. 

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    About this place

    Getting there

    To reach Te Aumiti/French Pass, turn off SH6 north of Rai Valley into Ronga Rd which becomes Croiselles–French Pass Rd and follow 60 km to the end. Boat to D'Urville Island.

    Commercial operators

    Guided activities and tours

    Driftwood Eco-Tours

    Guided day walks and canoeing/ kayaking in Nelson, Marlborough, Wairau Lagoons Wetland Management Reserve, personally guided multiday day tours of Farewell Spit and D'Urville Island.
    Activities: Bird and wildlife watching; Guided walks; Historic sites; Kayaking and canoeing; Scenic and nature tours
    Services: Guided activities and tours


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