About The Rally...
Come to an area in New Zealand known as having a ‘World of Difference’, during mid-winter within Central Otago and join us at the Brass Monkey Rally.
This is New Zealand’s best known Motorcycle Rally. 1500 – 2000 motorcyclists gather at Oturehua to talk and look at each other’s bikes, party and celebrate motorcycling during the winter, in one of New Zealand’s coldest places.
A large bonfire, music, cap off the event and keep the cold away before rally goers find their tents and climb into their sleeping bags.
Snow and frost are common at the Rally. Bonspiels (curling) are also held on the Idaburn Dam, which are organised by the Oturehua Winter Sports Club.
This organisation also plays an active role in the running of the rally every year.
2013 rally will be the 33rd Brass Monkey Rally with a hardy group of 15 motorcyclists having attended all of the rallies thus far.
Cheers John Willems,Advertising Officer, Brass Monkey Rally.
The Rally is one of the last great motorcycling adventures in New Zealand.
The Rally is always held over Queens Birthday weekend at Oturehua.
Oturehua is in the heartland of Central Otago.
The reason this site was chosen was because of the climate extremes.
The site is as close as we could get to Ophir, which holds the record for both cold and heat for New Zealand. It can get as cold as Minus 10 deg C to Minus 20 deg C.
Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey, hence the name.
The other reason for this location is the help we get from the Oturehua Winter Sports club people. They provide the food for the rally.
Because of the cold you must be prepared. Warm clothing, sleeping bag and approprate tent. Remember liquids can freeze including fuel in your petrol lines and especially water in the radiator.
Ensure you have anti-freeze if you don't want a split radiator.
Annual Brass Monkey Motorcycle Rally Entertainment...
Bike show with all the popular categories and great prizes.
Live music until late, this year "The Easy Hearts"
From unplugged and ambient to loud, full noise rock n roll the easy hearts band are at home in almost any kind of venue so long as there is a crowd and a cold beer.
Huge bonfire to keep you warm.
Free firewood for drum fires.
Daytime entertainment - "The Southern Man".
Denis Henderson is one of the South Island’s most popular live entertainers. With over 1,000 songs in his repertoire ranging from the very latest hits to well-loved songs from the last few decades. Denis played for the Rally in 2012 and we are thrilled that he is able to play for us again in 2013. For more information and recordings click on the link below.
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Drop your gear to the OMCC clubrooms at 3 Clark Street, Dunedin between 6-7pm on Friday 31st May.
The cost is $5 per bag each way.Pay when you are loading.
You may collect your gear from the VIP tent on site on Saturday morning.
To have your gear brought back to Dunedin, bring it to the bar area on Sunday by 10.30am and remember $5.00 fee per bag.
Your gear will be available for collection from the clubrooms on Tuesday & Wednesday evening after the rally between 5.30-7.30pm.
As this is a long weekend there will be an increased number of highway patrols with zero tolerance of excess speed.