|Entrance to Basecamp
Basecamp’s Trophy Room & Office
Trophy stag in the paddock at Basecamp
Welcome to Basecamp, home of the famous Venison Salamis & small goods.
It all began 25 years ago when Bill Hensley made and smoked his first salami. Having spent the large part of his early working years in bush camps working as a deer hunter, pig hunter, possum trapper, and eel fisherman it seemed only appropriate to then name his new business, BASECAMP.
The original recipes that bill developed for his Basecamp salamis remain largely unchanged and exclusive to the business. Basecamp does not use any salami pre-mixes or fillers. All the ingredients are carefully weighed and measured at the beginning of each production.
Basecamp’s premises is on the edge of the Kaimai Mamaku Ranges, south of Katikati in the Bay of Plenty. Visitors are welcome from Monday – Thursday.
Basecamp’s products are to be found at a number of farmers markets and yearly craft shows throughout the country. See our Markets page for the regular markets.
The Hunters’ division of Basecamp manufactures salamis and small goods from hunters’ game. Hunters bring in their game meat direct to the Hunters chiller. Those further afield pack their frozen game meat into chili bins and courier them to Basecamp. Information on the Hunters page.
A young trophy red stag and his hinds graze in the paddocks that surround Basecamp. They are a constant source of interest to visitors. As the seasons change the stag will grow out his antlers in preparation for the breeding season in March/April.
Later on in the year the stags cast their antlers and the velvet begins to grow again. The antlers will continue to grow larger each year until the stag reaches the prime of his life.
Have a look in our Hunter’s gallery for a photo of our new stag Titus. He is three years old, very quiet and now settled in with his hinds.