2021 Poster

posted Apr 9, 2021, 10:22 PM by Nigel Tomkins

Jordan Luck Band, coming to the Brass Monkey Rally

posted Feb 7, 2020, 1:54 AM by Nigel Tomkins

THANKYOU to all the rallyists , sincerely Dodzo.

posted Jun 4, 2019, 1:34 AM by Nigel Tomkins

The Brass Monkey Rally committee would just like to say a big THANKYOU to all the rallyists who rode to The 39th Brass Monkey at Queen’s Birthday weekend.
It may have been your first rally and if so we trust you all enjoyed the experience.
To the seasoned rallyists who had returned we trust you also enjoyed the rally and the changeable weather the event is renowned for.
The snow that dusted the hills of the Maniototo in Central Otago certainly made for some picturesque views for those who rode in from the northern side.
The 39th rally committee would like to express their thanks to the following regional motorcycle dealers McIver and Veitch, MCR (Motor Cycle Replacements) and Motoextreme and the Speights brewing company for their awesome contributions that were presented to the bike show category winners.
A further thank you must go out to all those who assisted in making the event happen on the day.
There are volunteers who just arrive and offer to help, the apple man who supplies you all with those yummy free apples to enjoy every year and to the rest of the team who put it all together.
Return to this page and you will get regular updates on the 40th rally in 2020 as soon as preparations start.
All we can say for now is “It certainly won’t be one to be missed”.

Cheers from the 39th Chairman (aka Dodzo) and the Committee.

The Dunstan Trial

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:32 PM by Nigel Tomkins

  • This is a public road, and ALL road rules HAVE to be obeyed.
  • ALL vehicles need to have WOF and Registration
  • No speeding, No Alcohol, No exceptions
  • The Police WILL be monitoring this.
  • This is NO escort to the rally site.

2018 Donation Recipient will again be Youthline Otago.

posted May 31, 2017, 12:33 AM by Nigel Tomkins   [ updated May 11, 2018, 1:32 PM ]

Youthline are a volunteer-led support and community service for people of all ages, backgrounds and concerns with profound focus on the needs of New Zealand’s youth.

Youthline services include:

  • Helpline support
  • Face-to-face counselling and psychotherapy
  • Community education
  • Youth group facilitation
  • Volunteer development opportunities

Youthline 24/7 Helpline

  • Everyday, anytime you need Youthline - Youthline are here to help!
  • Free Call Youthline on 0800 37 66 33
  • Free Text Youthline on 234
  • Email Youthline on
Whatever way you choose to contact Youthline, what you tell Youthline will remain confidential.

You do not need to be in a crisis to call. Youthline non-judgemental counsellors will support you through any issue that is important to you, no matter how urgent.

Help Youthline Helpline

You can become a Youthline volunteer and join Youthline in our pursuit of changing lives a phone call - or text or email - at a time.

To find out how you can get involved and learn more about our counselling services & the Community Education Programme:

Gilchrists Store

posted May 25, 2017, 1:34 AM by Nigel Tomkins   [ updated May 11, 2018, 1:29 PM ]

Contact Address: 
3353 Ida Valley, Omakau Road, Oturehua 
Phone: 03 444 5808 
After Hours: 03 444 5090 

Gilchrists Store in Oturehua will be open 
  • Friday 1st June 2018 : 8 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday 2nd June 2018: 8 am to 4 pm.
  • Sunday 3rd June 2018 - 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday 4th June 2018 - 9 am to 4 pm.

Beckers Oturehua for Fuel

posted May 25, 2017, 1:26 AM by Nigel Tomkins   [ updated May 7, 2018, 12:45 AM ]

Open Friday - 8am to 5pm, 
Saturday - 9am to 4pm,
Sunday -  Closed.

Beckers Transport - Oturehua

Street Address
3342 Ida Valley - Omakau Road,
Oturehua, Central Otago 9387
New Zealand
Phone: 03 440 2159
Fax: 03 4445851

Challenge Ranfurly

posted May 25, 2017, 1:03 AM by Nigel Tomkins   [ updated May 25, 2017, 1:09 AM ]

5 Northland Street, Ranfurly

03 444 9011

Opening Hours Winter:
Mon-Fri 7:30am-7:30pm
Sat-Sun 8:00am-7:30pm


Brass Monkey cold comfort

posted Jun 3, 2016, 1:10 PM by Nigel Tomkins

By Lynda van Kempen on Sat, 4 Jun 2016
The Regions: Otago
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Snow to low levels, massive bonfire ready, hundreds of black leather-clad motorcyclists on the way to Oturehua - yes, it must be Brass Monkey time.

A series of hard frosts this week put smiles on the faces of the participants in the 36th annual Brass Monkey motorcycle rally.

Dozens of them camped at the rally site next to the Idaburn dam last night and the event officially gets under way today.

"There's snow on the side of the road and it's expected to be freezing overnight and again on Sunday as everyone's heading away, but that sort of weather is what bikers come here for - the colder the better,'' organising committee member John Willems said yesterday.

About 500 people registered early for the rally but organisers were expecting 1000 or more to turn up, he said.

"You don't really know numbers until they start rolling in the gate.''

The event, run by a subcommittee of the Otago Motorcycle Club, attracted 1300 people last year.

Rising compliance costs threatened to put the brakes permanently on the rally but after consulting with bikers and residents of the host district - Ida Valley- it was decided to continue on with the event, Mr Willems said.

A "huge'' bonfire will keep the rally-goers warm tonight and smaller piles of firewood were dotted around the rally site.

"The forecast is for a good frost and they love it when the temperature dips below zero,'' he said.

A vast array of bikes will be on display and motorcyclists from all walks of life are regulars at the rally.

The Oturehua Winter Sports Club raises funds for community projects by doing the catering.

2015 Rally Gear Now Available for Pre-Order

posted Apr 30, 2015, 7:53 PM by Nigel Tomkins

Pre-orders close 13th May, this way you will not miss out, the goods are to be picked up at the Rally on Saturday at the Souvenir Shop between 10am and 7pm. 

Both graphic designs are available for pre-order on hoodies, but at the Rally we will only be offering one of this year's two designs (the more popular one from pre-orders), so pre ordering may be your only chance to get the hoodie in the design you prefer.

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