Fois Na Mara

Fois Na Mara (Sea's Rest) Accommodation - Otago Peninsula

Having lived and worked overseas, we spent a lot of time travelling. All this ‘research’ led to us understanding, what we believe to be, the best style of accommodation.

Fois Na Mara (pronounced fush na mara) translates as sea’s rest in Scottish Gaelic (a very clever language professor from Edinburgh University came up with the name for us in return for the grand payment of a box of chocolates!!).

Why Dunedin?

  • Rich Scottish heritage (Scottish migrants 1848)
  • Large university city
  • NZ’s oldest city
  • Dramatic bush covered hills and valleys
  • Flemish style railway station
  • Great museums (Toitu and Otago)
  • Fantastic new covered Forsyth Barr stadium

Why Otago Peninsula?

  • Internationally renowned wildlife reserves
  • Fantastic walkways (Harbour cone, the Chasm, Lovers leap to name but a few)
  • Glenfalloch gardens
  • Larnach castle
  • Local arts and crafts
  • Stunning beaches
  • Royal albatrosses
  • Yellow eyed penguins
  • Little blue penguins

Sarah & Darren Watts - Owners

Sarah & Darren Sarah is originally from Kendal in the North West of England and Darren is from Matamata (aka Hobbiton)........

We met in Hamilton whilst I, Sarah, was on a working holiday. After a few years dating we made the move to Dunedin together. Living out on the Peninsula, we fell in love with it and made it our mission to find a place that we could share with other people. We wanted to show off, what we think, is the best part of the city.

Whilst overseas on Darren's O.E. a friend found us 335 Portobello Road and the dream started to become a reality.

Living in Edinburgh at the time, and with Dunedin's Scottish links, we couldn't help but try to name the place using Scottish Gaelic. A professor at Edinburgh University came up with 'FOIS NA MARA' - meaning sea's rest.

In 2010 we moved back to Dunedin and started to transform the former 'sleepout' into a beautiful, peaceful relaxing place to stay.

We hope you choose Fois Na Mara as your holiday destination on the Otago Peninsula. Come and share with us the small slice of heaven we have created.


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