French Pass Campsite
Located in French Pass and D'Urville Island Scenic Reserves in the Marlborough region
IntroductionThis campsite is a great base for boating, fishing, swimming and kayaking and is the gateway to Rangitoto ki te Tonga/D’Urville Island.
- Boat launching
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Shower - cold
- Toilets - flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Wheelchair accessible with assistance
- Kayaking and canoeing
27 December – 2 January: Minimum 2 night stay
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.
- Flush toilets, sinks and cold showers available.
- Wheelchair accessible with assistance.
- Water must be boiled, treated or filtered
9 February to 25 December
- Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
26 December to 8 February
- Adult (18+ years): $18 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $9 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
Online bookings and payments are required prior to arrival.
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.
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings for the 2023/24 season have been delayed. The new opening date will be confirmed 31 May 2023.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the peak period from 1 December - 28 February and for public holiday weekends.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Email bookings are not available for this campsite.
Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.
A mininum two-night stay applies from 27 December to 2 January.
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
In periods of high rainfall this camp may be closed due to a risk of slips.
- No generators.
If you plan to enjoy the water, learn how to stay safe when swimming, boating and fishing.
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.
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