About Us

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About Us

Kia ora!

We are Niki Penberthy and Chris Bensemann, owner operators of Lochmara Lodge. We purchased Lochmara Lodge in July 2021 from founders Shayne Olsen and Louise Bright.

For Chris, having grown up in Marlborough before moving to the North Island in the 1980s, it was a move back to the region he loves. For Niki, who grew up in Whanganui, she was convinced of a fun lifestyle and warmer climate in Marlborough!

Both of us had spent the previous six years working and living in Wellington but were looking for something different, while using combined transferable skills, to work out the rest of our careers together, and with something that combines family and flexibility too.

With five wonderful children all grown up and doing their own things, it was time for an adventure of our own, a base for our family to enjoy for years to come, and an opportunity to continue the amazing vision that Shayne and Louise had for Lochmara, as well as respecting the legacy created, and the ethos that is Lochmara.

Chris and Niki - Lochmara Owners

So watch this space as we continue the Lochmara journey with you all.
Ngā mihi
Chris and Niki