Fires are not permitted at any time.
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 are open for stays up to 30 June 2021.
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.
You can only make phone and in-person bookings with the Nelson Visitor Centre, phone +64 3 546 8210.
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.