Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
There is a boat ramp next to the campsite and a jetty nearby.
There is a shop nearby that has:
There are requirements depending on what part of the year you’re staying:
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 if a site is available. 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 20 December 2020 and 8 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.
Bookings will open at 9:30 am on Thursday 13 May 2021, for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
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.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in person booking. This is a limited service, and we recommend booking online first if you can. Phone and in person booking is not available within 48 hours of when bookings open for a new season.
Email bookings are not available for this campsite.
Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.
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
The campsite manager is for general enquiries only. Bookings can only be made online or at the Nelson Visitor Centre.
Phone: +64 3 576 5298 – this phone is not monitored every day so there may be a delay in replying to your message.
Walk the French Pass Lookout Track and watch the tide race through the narrow gap between D'Urvillle Island and the mainland.