Otorohanga is one of those small country towns that are determined to have an impact in both the region, but also NZ. The town is on the main route to the busy Waitomo Caves and has the very successful Kiwi House, but has also again successfully, tied the town to all things Kiwi. i.e. the Kiwi Capital of New Zealand. Kiwiana is king.
It is a service town for the surrounding dairy farming district. The population is circa 2,800.
The treatment of the War Memorial is first rate.
Otorohanga is also a commute town to the busier Te Awamutu and Hamilton.
Otorohanga is also on the main north/south rail trunk line.
And off the web the following:-
‘In 1986 the town briefly changed its name to "Harrodsville”. With full support of the District Council, Otorohanga "officially" changed the town's name to "Harrodsville" The "send up" raised wide-spread media interest around the world. The BBC world service covering the event, and newspapers in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Canada giving illustrated coverage.’