****Take Note - the parking is temporarily fenced off, the cache is still accessible by walking through the bushes by the information plaque in front of the plane.****
Taupo McDonalds has topped the list of the world's coolest top 10 McDonald's, sneaking in ahead of locations like Rome, Tokyo and New York.as it has a decommissioned plane as part of the store. There are seats inside the plane for your dining enjoyment, and you can view the cockpit as well!
The plane, a Douglas DC3 aircraft, was built in 1943 and was one of three used by South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand from 1961 to 1966. In 1971 it was renamed Whio and used by Fieldair Holdings as a top-dressing plane, before being decommissioned in 1984.
In 1985, Taupo Mayor Rick Cooper bought the plane during a stopover in New Plymouth.
''I was wandering around, stretching my legs and I came across this plane,'' Mr Cooper said. ''I got talking to the owner who said he was going to refurbish it but it was going to cost too much, so he was going to sell it. I asked how much, and bought it for around $20,000.''
He said the original plan was to use it as his office at the Aeroplane Car Company but a representative from McDonald's , upon seeing the plane, asked if it could be installed at their intended site.
Postcards of the plane are available at the McDonalds and proceeds of their sales go to Ronald McDonald house