Even if you've never been to London, you have probably heard of Harrods, the world's most famous department store, at some time or another. We even have a Harrods in New Zealand, but it's not quite as famous. This Harrods was once the general store of Rangataua but, for many years it has been a family ski house that sleeps 17! 

Sadly, there is nothing online about this place, so I assume it has closed its doors.

Some Harrods trivia, according to Wikipedia: 
In 1986, the town of Otorohanga briefly changed its name to "Harrodsville". This was a protest in support of a restaurateur, Henry Harrod of Palmerston North, who was being forced to change the name of his restaurant following the threat of lawsuits from Mohammed Al Fayed, the owner of Harrod's department store in London.
As a show of solidarity for Henry Harrod and in anticipation of actions against other similar sounding businesses, it was proposed that every business in Otorohanga should change its name to "Harrods". With support of the District Council, Otorohanga temporarily changed the town's name to Harrodsville.
After being lampooned in the British tabloid newspapers, Al Fayed dropped the legal action and Harrodsville and its shops reverted to their former names.
The town's response raised widespread media interest around the world, with the BBC World Service and newspapers in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Canada covering the story.

*edit* On the 5th of May, 2015, I got this lovely email about Harrod's:

I have been searching Harrods of Rangataua on the web just to see what comes up and saw your lovely blog.
I just thought I would let you know the History of this Harrods.
It was the general store of Rangataua from 1908-1964, During this time it had a petrol pumps, a garage, chicken coops, hairdresser as well as the general store. In 1981, 3 couples including my parents bought the building as a ski House.  A friend of theirs who came to see the new house and said that as it was the worst store in the world it should be named after the "Best Store" in the world and so we have Harrods of Rangataua.
We were not involved in the "Harrodsville" situation. Many years before this happened we had received a letters from the London store asking to remove our signs. The 6 owners were all in London as the same time and visited management , showed them photos of our quirky family holiday house and as long as we never trade as a retail store and we can keep our signs up.
We rent Harrods out to help with the maintenance and annual bills of the property but it is largely as it was in 1981 when my parents purchased it.
It was nice to see an old photo of her.
Thanks Kate   


Nancy Chan said...

Nice to know about the other Harrods. Happy weekend!

Hetty said...

Wow, what a difference this old shop, compared to the chique store in london! Love both your stories. Groetjes,

Yvonne said...

Love this interesting and amusing post. Such commotion over two stores that are like night and day from each other.

Amy said...

Well I never knew this existed, nice to see it still there.

Marja said...

lol ridiculous that they sued this beautiful Harrods. The same happened on the West Coast There is a very old wooden Hotel which was called The Blackball Hilton. They were sued by Hilton and had to change their name to "Former Blackball Hilton"

thisiswhereitisat said...

Holy moly a slight difference I see. Although, I would prefer to browse through here :) X

kiwikid said...

What a wonderful building..good to read the town all stuck together. .

Mark Smale said...

Hi there

Where do I find contact details for this on the Internet? Botanical societies may want to rent it for a field trip.

Any help appreciated.

Mark Smale
027 855 2240