View of the French Pass campsite from the sea
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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.


All drone use must be authorised by DOC

A concession is required to fly a drone on any public conservation land - apply to fly recreationally or commercially.

Bookings open 9am 4 September for stays between 1 December 2018 and 30 April 2019

Campsite overview


  • Boat
  • Car
  • Campervan
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Jetty
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilet - flush
  • Water from tap
  • 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.

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): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


  • 30 December 42January: 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 campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

  • The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

  • Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Book well in advance for the peak period from 1 December – 28 February and for public holiday weekends. At other times bookings are suggested but not essential.

There is a minimum two night stay from 30 December - 2 January.

Book French Pass Campsite online or contact:

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

Online bookings are recommended as there is a fee for phone bookings.

Before you book:


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


Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Address:   Port Marlborough Building
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
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